Why All the Hysteria?

Yesterday a half-ton truck stalled at a set of local lights. To my horror, another driver parked his car illegally to the left of that one and stood beside the stalled truck, chatting to the cute gal driver. Note that both vehicles were illegally blocking traffic. Okay, so one couldn’t help it. (It is supposedly safer to stay buckled up in your car during a mishap or accident so you won’t get killed on the sidelines.) As for the other driver all I can say is ‘WHEW!’

I wanted to warn those car people, but then I too would have had to park illegally. Anyway, I doubt they would have listened. Some people thrive on foolishness and chaos. The trick is not to let them suck you into the vortex of their over-the-top living.

Look at what Paul had to go through, just trying to be obedient to God.

When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge:

“Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?” (Acts 21:12-13, MSG)

Prayer- Lord, help us to use the common sense you gave us. In Christ. Amen.

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