Prayer for the day
Praise Him from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; praise Him you heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Scripture for the day
It’s always a good idea to be careful who you listen to. We see it in political debate, we see it in religious institutions, we see it in all areas of our lives. We teach our children how important it is to be careful about who we listen to, who we take advice from, and what we do with that advice.
In our First Testament story today, David’s son Absalom was deceived, told what he wanted to hear , and this led him on the path to his death. He listened to David’s advisor, which most would agree was a terrible idea, but Absalom’s vanity allowed him to be fooled into thinking that Hushai was on his side, and was looking out for his best interests. He ignored the advice of Ahithophel, who was well-known to give sound counsel, because it was less flattering and less glamourous. Absalom wanted to decimate David, and because of his poor judgment in listening, he met his own defeat instead.
In the Second Testament, Jesus warns that when the end comes (and people dispute which end he speaks of…I don’t think it matters…it’s one of the ends!), there will be those who speak lies, claiming them to be truth. These ones will claim that Jesus has come back, point to him, stir up chaos, rumours, and whip the crowd into a frenzy. Jesus cautions his disciples to be on their guard for these, because they will lead many astray.
Isn’t that just the way we’ve seen it happen? Haven’t we seen preachers and leaders calling the faithful to sell everything and prepare for the return of Christ, claiming that they’d figured out the day and the time and the place? Haven’t we seen people flock to these falso prophets, having heard what they longed to hear? Haven’t we seen people disregard the very clear speech of Jesus to believe a lie?
Haven’t we been tempted to do the same thing ourselves, time and again? Aren’t we tempted to listen to the easy voices, the smooth voices, telling us life won’t be hard, Jesus will make us rich, give us all the success we desire?
Stand firm, therefore.