As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it. (Luke 19:41)
As the adoring crowds waved palm branches and chanted His name, Jesus’ heart was breaking. However, it did not break over what would soon happen to Him – as understandable as that would have been. No, Christ wept over Jerusalem for what was happening within them. Or more precisely, what wasn’t happening.
A few verses later we’re told what caused the Lord’s grief:
“… you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (v.44)
Jesus had spent three years in their midst. He taught them. He healed their sick. He miraculously fed them. He raised some of their dead. Yet the masses did not recognize that God Himself had been among them. Their lives were unaffected by the very presence of God.
How I wish the failure to recognize God’s voice had ended that day on the hills outside Jerusalem. But I know that’s not the case. I fear I frequently fail to recognize what He tries to tell me. I’m afraid that I occasionally cause Him to weep because I don’t spend the time needed to hear and heed His Word in my fast-paced routine. Perhaps you can relate?
Lord, forgive us for the many times we fail to recognize Your presence among us. Help us to slow down and listen for Your voice. And when You speak, help us to hear and heed what You say. –Dave
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