Tuesday: 6th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 14:15-24
Luke 14:17-18 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
Every good and perfect gift is given by God because whatever helps to make our journey on earth beautiful, filled with joy and a desire to keep moving is good. In fact, really good. Hence, God opens doors for us to gain access to material wealth, good careers and even better human relationships. However, these same ‘haves’, become matters of concern when their presence initiates the absence of God in our lives. There is also a real cause for concern if saying yes to something, implies saying No to God.
That is what is witnessed in the Gospel of today: three guests, as though of one mind, came up with excuses to turn down the formal request to attend a banquet to which they had already been invited. What makes this refusal even more interesting is the significance and weight of the excuses they offered, against the invitation which they clearly refused.
Their excuses were to attend to matters regarding: a NEW parcel of land, a NEW yoke of oxen and a NEW wife. They ignored that which was already prepared and ready, for newness. My dear, even though it is good to seek newness, one does not just throw away the security they have to make that pursuit, especially if that security is offered by God. Why run into uncertainty when there is the guarantee of security?
Remember # Don’t go searching when everything is ready.