DayBreaks for 06/05/13 – What We Wish For
Luke 6:24-26 (NLT) – “What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you. What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow. What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.”
Just prior to Jesus’ statements that are shown above, he had pronounced blessings on the poor and oppressed. For the past year and a half, I have worked in two different capacities, both involving serving the poor and oppressed people of the world. I must tell you from direct observation, from a human viewpoint, there are few blessings to being poor or oppressed. Sure, there are some – such as clarity that descends like a crystal stream when all the distractions related to wealth and possessions are stripped away. And, in reality, a close look at the blessings Jesus pronounced in the previous few verses are not promised here on earth.
But then he comes to the “woes” of verses 24-26. Read them again – carefully. Aren’t the things that Jesus pronounces “woes” over things that we all wish we had? Riches, prosperity, laughter, praise from others? Is there any of us who wouldn’t take those things if they were offered to us on a platter or gift-wrapped in a pretty package tied up with a lovely ribbon?
The woes Jesus pronounces are for things that people have NOW – here on earth. The only happiness of the rich is now, not later. The fat and prosperous will be hungry in due time. The present laughter of the present will turn to shrieking and sorrow, and the praise will also change to sorrow – in the future. You may debate the timing and say it doesn’t really say when these woes will happen – but does it really matter? Not one who reads this wishes to be on the side of the “woes” of Jesus!
How did our value systems get so messed up? Why do we spend so much time pursuing the things Jesus denounces? The darkness of the fall and of sin is truly blinding!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, turn our hearts away from the things over which you pronounced these woes and turn our hearts to the light so we are not blinded by the siren call of the things of this world! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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