Thursday, November 29, 2012



Luke 21: 34-36

Professional body guards are trained to provide high level security in order to protect people ‘s lives. They are often instructed, at no small expense, in advanced weapons disarming, in anti-ambush and in anti-terrorism procedures, and even in some aspects of psychology. Why all of this preparation? Professionals understand that inadequate training can put a person’s life at risk. 

Our text today, reminds us that high level security is needed, for our hearts. This is no surprise.  For the heart is the source of our physical, emotional, intellectual, and volitional power. It is the means by which we connect with God. It is no wonder that Solomon exhorts us, “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”, Proverbs 4:23. 

 As we await the second Advent, our hearts need to be guarded, against frivolous living that defies the reality of an eternal reckoning. Our hearts need protection from anxiety, for this stands in opposition to God’s complete sufficiency for all of life’s circumstances. Without this kind of security we are at risk, of being unprepared for the Son of Man’s return.  

Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is a well trained body guard, capable of lovingly searching our hearts, and exposing dangerous intruders. It is the Holy Spirit who prompts, and shapes, the practice of prayer, that strengthens us to live with hope, as we await the One who stands at the end of time.

Today let us surrender afresh to the protective care of the ‘Divine Body Guard’.

“Search me , O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139: 23 &24


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