DayBreaks for 4/15/16 – So Much for Locking the Door
One of the fastest growing, most profitable investment ventures in today’s economy is . . . . Anything having anything to do with security. You couldn’t have lost money in the last twenty years if you invested in storage or security: national security, personal security, home security, financial security, Internet security. The dangers of this world seem to be breathing hotter and closer down our necks. Any offering that promises to cool that threat down is welcomed with open arms and wallets.
We gladly invest in “LifeLock” and “Life Alert” and “Alert Life”- hoping to safeguard both our fiscal and physical lives. Instead of scripted shows by the Blue Angels at air-shows, we are sending long-range spontaneous shows of strength in the form of stealth bombers over South Korean airspace, which offends North Korea. We have “apps” on our smartphones that enable us to watch our front doors at home and our backdoors at work, to turn on our lights and turn off our heat, to be on-guard and on-point, even when we are off-site. We are desperately trying to contain the chaos of the cosmos.
In John’s gospel, Jesus’ first appearance to his disciples is when he comes to them behind closed, locked doors. Despite the vision of the empty tomb, despite the version of the resurrected Jesus Mary Magdalene had reported to them, the disciples were still shuttered and shuddering – clamped down and closed off from a threatening world. Then Jesus blasts through their ADT security system, blows out their “LifeLock,” and suddenly stands in their midst.
Don’t you love that about Jesus? How he just sometimes busts in on us and breaks through all our defenses to show Himself to us?
If you are looking for security, don’t try to lock Jesus out of your life and your heart. Not only is that exactly the wrong thing to do, but it just may not work anyway!
PRAYER: Jesus, help us find that You are the only true security in a very insecure world! Help us find our peace in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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