Sunday: 31st March, 2019

Reference text: Luke 15:1-3,11-32

Luke 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in the land and he began to be in want.

When one hears the words ‘opportunist infections’, they refer to those infections that appear in the midst of an ongoing chronic immune-attacking disease process. Simply put, they take advantage of the bodies already weakened immune response to have a field day and make the most of their chance. Regardless, the incident in today’s text is one we could refer to as a consequence of bad timing.

The famine, which is mentioned today, could have struck at any other time; yet it so happened to commence at a rather inopportune time for the young man: ‘after he had spent all he had’. When he had no funds available even for food, then he encountered extreme hardships, a famine clearly something he could have no control over.

We could say that on the basis of the life he had lived, he deserved the outcome that resulted. But let’s take a moment to reconsider an alternative scenario: what do we think would have been his response if the famine had occurred at the time when he still possessed all the wealth he had acquired from his father? Would he have used those resources any differently had the circumstances been different?

That is just something for us to ponder on and to come up with our individual conclusions. I don’t know how you relate to this, but there are going to be times when things come at you in those moments when you are least likely to successfully offer any defence. How would you feel if you were judged solely on that account? Sweetheart, we are all still on the road to perfection, hence, let us not be too quick to point fingers at others.

Remember # don’t just become a judge of all.


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