The Journey

The Journey Readings: Week 52… and His pain…

This last week… in the reading through of The Journey… I hear His pain… over the self-righteous…

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 
murdering the prophets and stoning those sent to you!
How often would I have gathered your children together
as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings,
and you refused!
Matthew 23:37 Amp
Self-righteous… conviction of one’s own righteousness… acting on what you think is right… no matter what He says…
A heart-ache He’s felt from nearly the beginning…
His people…
rebelling…
wandering…
falling…
choosing their own way… over His…
Adam and Eve…
the Israelites in the desert… and the Promised Land…
the Pharisees and scribes…
legalists of today… 
and those deceived by their own sense of right and wrong…
He said it through Isaiah the prophet…
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it. …”
Isaiah 30:15
Our refusal… to trust… submit… come under His authority… is rejection of Him… His Way…
And I wonder… Am I causing Him pain…? Is there some area of my life… where I choose self-righteousness… over the Righteous One…? 

What about you…?
When we get it wrong…
His heart aches…
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18
Lord Jesus… thank You… for Your grace…
Your rising… on the cross… to show compassion… 
making the Way… for justice… and righteousness…
for all who wait… hope… trust… in You… and Your Way…

Discover more… about His Way… on The Journey…
This week’s readings… 
Monday                  Matthew 27:1-44
Tuesday                  Matthew 27:45 – 28:20
Wednesday            Acts 1:1 – 2:13
Thursday                Acts 2:14-47
Friday                    Acts 3:1 – 4:22

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