Thursday, June 28, 2018

Luke 21:14 -- On Settling Our Hearts

"Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:"
Luke 21:14


Christ is talking to his followers here, telling them that they will be persecuted and that they will be called up before kings and rulers (verse 12).  This verse encourages them, and us, to trust in God to know what to say (see verse 15), but I also like the idea here of settling our hearts.  Christ doesn't ask us not to think ahead about this stuff so that we will doubt, but because he is asking us to trust him that he will grant us what to say when we need it.

The idea of settling our hearts isn't one of planning what to say ahead of time, but it is a commitment to rely on the Lord, and to put our trust in him so completely that we aren't going to start freaking out and doubting that decision over and over again... because it is settled. :)  It's still working on it ahead of time, but in a different way... firming up that commitment and making sure that we have the spirit with us, rather than going through disaster scenarios and pre-deciding what to do in each.  That might work occasionally, but God's way works always.

Today, let's work on having settled hearts, and dedicating ourselves to the Lord, so that, whatever comes, we will be ready, and confident that God will be there to grant us whatever is needed in that moment.  And if we aren't there yet, and we don't have that confidence, let's work with God and tell him we want to get there.  He will help.

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