Advent Day 13: Read: Luke 13

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans with vengeance. Wreaking havoc and displacing thousands of people, activity in the city screeched to a halt. Chaos ensued.

In the weeks that followed, there were many good people with good intentions who speculated why God allowed a hurricane to do so much damage in one place. There were a few that postulated the hurricane was God’s judgment against the city.

I was working on my bachelor’s degree at the time and these speculating discussions surfaced one evening in class. My professor wisely said that if God was in the business of bringing judgment against sin in that way, we would all be gone.

The first few verses of this chapter reflect the same words, coming from a more powerful voice – Jesus!

Perhaps you have had the same thoughts when you watch world events play out, asking some of these same questions. Is this event God’s judgment? Or perhaps you are living in the midst of a troubling situation and you wonder if it is God’s judgment against you.

Read again Jesus’ words in the first five verses of this chapter. Whatever is happening in your life is not God’s judgment. That isn’t how God works.

I hear Jesus saying that there is something worse than suffering here on earth. And that is separation from God for all eternity. Jesus continues to invite us to repentance and relationship with him. Today is the day. Now is the time.

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