Today’s Thought: Do we view Jesus as “one having authority”?
They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit… (Mark 1:21-23)
We learn early in life all about authority: who has it, how they wield it, and what it means to us specifically. We know the adults in our home have authority to give treats and take away screen time. Teachers in our school have authority to give an extra ten minutes of recess and take away recess altogether. Jesus revealed his authority early in his ministry. But the people struggled to understand just what his authority meant to them.
Today’s Thought: Where do you go to find rest?
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:28-29 NIV)
I’m tired. It’s been a long week and physically, I’ve hit my limit. A good night’s rest, though, and I’ll be good as new in the morning. I remember times when sleep eluded me no matter how tired I was, though. Times when I didn’t think I would ever feel good or new again. Emotional burdens are like that. Unrelenting. Tonight I’m thinking of and praying for those who have burdens that won’t let go long enough for them to find rest. I’m praying for them to say one word to God: “Help.”