December 4 (Luke 4:32)
[A]nd they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.
Do you take the first hit on the first page of a Google search, or do you go a bit deeper? Is a .com or a .edu extension a better guarantee of accuracy? One of the first things I do when reading a non-fiction book is to check the bibliography. What sources does the author cite? One of the biggest challenges in the Information Age is knowing which news source is telling the truth.
With Jesus there is no question. He speaks with authority because He is God. He does not speak opinion, what is popular, or what He has heard from others. He does not even speak what has been well researched and documented in peer-reviewed journals. He is the great I AM and He needs no further credentials.
Is He challenging you to change some aspect of your life? You should do it, for He has the authority to tell you right from wrong. Is He calling you to serve the Kingdom in a particular way? Don’t hesitate, for He has the authority to place claims on your life. Is He telling you that, contrary to everything you have heard or have felt from others, God loves you…that He really and truly loves you? Then fall back into those loving arms and rejoice, for He is telling the truth.
Lord, open my heart that I may hear accurately and speak truth to the deepest parts of my soul. I stake my confidence on You and Your words alone. In the name of Jesus, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, amen.
Copyright © 2016 by Steven R. Perkins