Our scripture this week is Matthew 21:1-11.
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The prophet Zechariah had written nearly 500 years earlier about the King coming to Jerusalem in an unexpected way (Zech. 9:9). People were aware of the prophecy, but it seems they let their own desires for freedom from political oppression override their faith. It is hard to separate ourselves from what goes on in our lives, but Jesus teaches us that we must remain faithful in spite of the challenges we face.
God wants us to be in relationship with Him no matter what situation we encounter. We can’t cry “Lord save us from this evil!” if we have failed to be a faithful people before. This is not to say that God sends disaster as punishment, but if we only turn to Him in catastrophe, we are not living by His commandments. We must renew and then keep our connection to Him strong always.
The Good News promises that it is never too late to turn to Him, but as He is constant and faithful to us, we must be constant and faithful to Him. Only when we admit we have followed our own ways and not the Lord’s can we change. We must humble ourselves for our wrongdoing, accepting His forgiveness and forgiving each other.
Gracious God, we are proud and stubborn creatures, often believing we can solve our problems without You. Show us the way to a new connection with You, teaching us to share Your love with all the world. Amen.