Scripture: Luke 19:45-48

Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling. ‘According to scripture,’ he said ‘my house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers’ den.’

He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, with the support of the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they did not see how they could carry this out because the people as a whole hung on his words.

Observation

Short, simple and clear messages from God for me today!
For some reason and I am not sure why, but I take great comfort from this reading. I feel that Jesus is saying to me, “you are my temple, I will drive out everything that is not from me and you will hang on my every word”. There will things in life and people that will distract and attempt to take my focus away from Jesus but as he did in the temple, with such power, love and determination, Jesus promises that he will not let this happen. I get the image of Jesus holding a whip, fighting for me, a strong and almighty powerful Jesus, nothing standing in his way. This brings me great encouragement and comfort that Jesus has my back.

Application

What can I do to honour the temple that I am, that God has so graciously created. I have overindulged with food in recent weeks and it’s time to do a clean out. I haven’t fasted for months and I know that when I fast I come in to a deeper mindfulness of God’s presence. I will not starve or punish myself but I will reduce my food so that any hunger I experience will be the trigger for me to turn to God in gratitude. Gratitude that I have the resources to eat whenever and whatever I want blessed by God , when so many people in the world don’t have that privilege. I will fast for three days starting today.

Prayer

Lord,
Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil
Thank you Jesus, for your protection, strength and desire for my wellbeing
I humbly turn to you today in what small faith I have and respond to respect this temple you have created
I honour your desire to be with me and respect myself
I journey with you today, holding you closely in my heart
Amen