Their books are short. They have been labeled the “minor prophets.” And their messages are anything but minor. The prophets are sent to speak God’s Word, to be “loudspeakers” for God—not just in biblical times, but now!—confronting our sin and bringing us to repentance, in order to restore a right relationship with God. Luther doesn’t mince words about the importance of the prophets: “We Christians ought not to be such shameful, satiated, ungrateful know-it-alls, but rather read and use the prophets with earnestness and profit.” OK, then. Let’s get to it!
The Bible is one incredible story not of people pursuing God, but of God pursing us in Jesus. As you look for ways to reconnect with your faith community over the weeks to come, you’re invited to GET FOUND. In the rhythms of life with others. In the reach of the Savior’s love.
After Jesus calls Levi to follow him, the first thing Levi does is leave everything. Nothing will stay the same. The next thing Levi does is throw a party. He gathers a community where nobody is excluded, and where everyone has gifts to share. In the middle of the party is Jesus. Where do you belong? You’re invited to get found with others who have one thing in common. The need for grace.
“How have you been? Busy.” Sound familiar? Is your busy-ness filling your spirit or funneling away your joy? Mary and Martha were two sisters who both loved Jesus. But while one found peace, the other was panicked. Prayer is a way to get found by resting in the presence of Jesus. And when you don’t know how to pray, you can call on the Spirit to guide you. Anywhere. Anytime.
Can it be done? Observation and logic normally help us to decide if something can or can’t happen. But according to Jesus nothing is impossible for God. Once, a father asked Jesus to help his son… if he can. How human! A mixture of faith and doubt. God’s Word is where we learn and see with others that for God nothing is too hard. Get found in learning about God’s character and faithfulness. Dig into the Word. Sweet as honey for the spirit.