Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 21:8-9 (KJV); And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
For a long time, Jerusalem was under Roman rule. There were existing tensions within the population and sometimes, insurrections were led by men who sought the deliverance of Israel from Roman control.
It is within this context that Christ’s entry into Jerusalem was understood. Many of the people who cheered and applauded him looked upon him as their potential rescuer from Roman rule. He was viewed as the one who would win them freedom from political oppression. However, Christ’s mission was extremely different from what the Jews thought. His mandate was not to wrestle power away from the Romans, the freedom He had in mind was very different from the kind of freedom they sought.
There is a lesson to be grasped from this event and the misplaced sentiments surrounding it. Here, we learn that it is possible to be in the presence of God, yet be utterly clueless on what He is really up to. One can only imagine their extreme shock when their hero died only seven days later.
This can apply to the church setting too. One might be in a service, ‘wave palms’, shout praises, sing and dance their heart out but be so far removed from what God is doing in that moment.
Physical excitement does not necessarily mean spiritual discernment. Some scream in times when God requires their silence; some laugh in the moments when spiritual conviction ought to weigh heavily on their hearts. As a result, all they can sometimes take away from a church service is that “it was so much fun!”
While there is nothing wrong with rejoicing in the presence of God, we must never lose the sense of discernment that is important in the presence of God. A sense of excitement should not be the only thing that you take away from the presence of God. We must always leave the place of fellowship with God having discerned His thoughts and His purposes.
In prayer or worship, exercise your spirit to be conscious of what God is up to at all times.
FURTHER STUDY: John 4:24, Matthew 16:3
GOLDEN NUGGET: A sense of excitement should not be the only thing that you take away from the presence of God. We must always leave the place of fellowship with God having discerned His thoughts and His purposes.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this truth. It casts light on how I relate with Your presence. I can never miss what You are up to my Lord. I discern times and seasons and I am perfectly aligned to Your purposes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.