Captivated – Luke 19:47-48

“And [Jesus] was teaching daily in the temple.
The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him,
but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.”

Luke 19:47-48

Oh, to be so captivated.

Hanging on the Lord’s every word.

That’s how it should be, is it not? “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

This Word is life for us (Deuteronomy 32:47).

May our souls be stirred with His Word. Stirred by our Lord to passion and love and conviction. Bringing light to our path, strength to our steps, and faithfulness to our heart.

Because how easily we can be led astray. Tempted to exchange the true God for another or to fit Him into a mold of our own making.

Oh, may it never be! May we not pick and choose among His Words based on our own logic, understanding, or comfort level, but rather take them all in! It takes time and discipline to read all of His words, to study and listen to His Spirit and let them soak in, but let us make the time – because this is life for us! Reading only pieces leaves us without context. Our God’s Word will not contradict itself and must be viewed in its entirety. To guard us against the twisting of it, by others or by our own false perception. And to capture the true, beautiful heart of our God, that we may know Him. That we may be as the one described in Jeremiah 9:23-24:

“Thus says the LORD: let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, declares the LORD.’”

Believers, let us hang on every word issued from the mouth of God, for each one has been written with purpose and will be kept forever in His Scriptures. Let us behold His glory and be transformed as the Spirit of God opens our eyes to see Him and guides us into all truth (2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:13). Let it fill your soul as with the richest of foods, satisfying you each morning with the steadfast love of your God and assuring you of His great power at work toward and within you (Psalm 63:5; Psalm 90:14; Ephesians 1:19-20, 3:20). Draw near and behold the God of the heavens – for He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

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