Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Recognize the Time

Today's Life Journal Bible readingGenesis 47,48; Psalm 10; Luke 19

“As he approached Jerusalem, and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies…will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.’”
Luke 19:41-44

Jesus still weeps over cities today who do not know what will bring them peace. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). It is hidden from their eyes. In a generation filled with violence and war, the Prince of Peace offers us his peace plan. In exchange for our pride and sin-centered lives, Jesus offers his life, his love, and his peace.
…the price? Our surrender – not just of our sin, but of our self-will. We choose Christ’s kingdom ways and rule.
What city is prepared to accept this offer?
The time is now. Jerusalem did not recognize the time of God’s coming to her.
Do we recognize the time of God’s coming again to us?
There are serious and eternal consequences in missing Christ’s offer of peace. The time to obey is now.

“Lord Jesus, I pray that your offer of peace in the gospel would be offered to every city in every nation in this generation while there is still time, for your kingdom and glory.”