July 8 (Matthew 7:29)
he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.
We all know blowhards and braggarts. They are the ones who like to give us the scoop, the real deal, the skinny on how things actually are. They have been there, done that, and are more than willing to give us all the answers. Then there are those who have expert opinions on everything because they have studied it all. They have the ins and outs, the trivia and the minutiae about anything you want to know. Yet there is something about the knowledge and advice from both types of people that rings hollow.
And then there are the people you just know are telling it like it is. They may say it differently than others and maybe even in opposition to the policy manual, the company line, or the official statement, but there is just something in what they say and the way they say it that makes you know they are giving you the truth.
That was Jesus. He spoke with authority. He cut through all the layers of this, that, and the other thing and got straight to the point. Others may have talked about God, but He was God and actually knew what He was talking about. Once people heard Jesus speak, they knew He was telling the truth and wanted to hear more. They didn’t want to hear from anyone else, which leads to the question…why would you?
Jesus, with so many voices coming at me from newspapers and books and radio and television and websites and social media, to say nothing of friends and family, it is easy to accept things that are not true. Help me to hear Your voice and listen to what You have to say, for Peter was right. You have the words of eternal life, and I have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God (John 6:68-69). Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins