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Luke 19:41-44, Recognizing God

Key Verse

They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.
— Luke 19:44

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, February 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Today’s daily devotion comes from Luke. In this part of Luke, Jesus had just entered into Jesus on the colt and would be preparing for his eventual persecution and death. The key verse is Jesus’ recognizing that Jerusalem will eventually fall to its enemies.

Scholars have proposed that the Lukan author is actually recalling Jerusalem’s fall to Rome in the late 1st Century. They’re probably right. However, it’s important to recognize that Jesus’ lament over the fall of Jerusalem is relevant even for us today.

We place so much faith in our society and government, especially so in America. I’m as red-blooded and patriotic as the next guy, but you have to confess, the United States eventually will fall . . . eventually. What’s important to lift up in our spiritual lives is a reflection on Jesus’ own words—we need to recognize God in the place where we’re at, no matter where (or when) that might be.

God, help me recognize your faith when you show it. Reveal your presence to me today. Amen.

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