Today I want you to crawl up in the lap of Jesus with me for a bit and let’s just sit and be still. Resting in the lap of our Heavenly Father brings such comfort. Can you even take it? While you are there, why not bring a nice warm cup of coffee or cocoa. Jesus is so inviting, isn’t He? As you sit, allow yourself to rest in His presence. Rest in the warmth of a Savior who loves you and cares for you more than you can even fathom. Don’t get up yet, even if there is a pile of laundry calling your name, children pleading for your attention or emails that need to be sent. You are sitting in the lap of Jesus and everything else can just stay as it is for the moment. While He has your attention, read His word of truth from Luke 4:18-19:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because He has anointed me
To preach good news to the poor
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus stood in the synagogue and read these very words to the people of Nazareth. These words were read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah; which can be found in Isaiah 61. When Jesus read this to the people in the town that he was brought up in, He completed the reading of the scroll by speaking these words “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (vs. 21).
If you were to read further in Luke 4, you would hear words that Jesus spoke to the people, which infuriated them. As a reaction to his words, they drove him out of the town, with intentions of throwing him down a cliff (vs. 29). At first, the people of Nazareth spoke well of His reading from the scroll and were amazed at his gracious words, but as he continued on and told them the truth of how they were living and how the circumstances were, they wanted nothing to do with him. Reading these words, makes me ponder what am I doing with the information that the Lord gives to me. On some instances, I may not understand his instruction and other times, he may be speaking discipline and correction over me. I may have to blindly follow him as an act of obedience although the circumstances seem unclear. What about an attitude adjustment from the Lord? It sounds as if these people needed just that. However, they did not want to accept what Jesus was saying to them. If only they could have realized that he had their best interest at heart and loved them.
As you sit in His lap, listen to his voice. Are you accepting what he is saying to you or are you grumbling and ready to move him out-of-town? Is he whispering to you that he has everything under control? Well, he does! Jesus can see your future because he is the maker of it and for you he has a great plan. Is he telling you things that may be hard to bear hearing? Are you finding joy in the words of Jesus although they may not always be the words you want to hear? What will you do with what Jesus is saying to you today? Will you accept his words? Let him speak truth and love over you. If he is giving instruction, accept his words with open arms. If you are hurting, cry out to him while you are resting in his lap. Let his grace abound upon your life as he ever so desires to pour it out.
My prayer is that the words from Luke 4 and Isaiah 61 will fill your soul with joy! I urge you to rest in the truth that he is the one who will bring freedom, recovery and restoration. Let him proclaim his favor over you today! Find JOY in his FAVOR!