Luke 19: 40
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
I’m sure you’ve heard this insult before. I know I have. In fact, I admit to saying it a time or two–mostly about my dogs. I’m not quite sure how it happens but it seems at any given time I have a really smart dog and then a not so smart dog. And, of course, the smart dog makes the not so smart one look even dumber.
Anyway, what about you? Are you dumber than a rock?
Now, don’t go getting on your high horse? I ask you that not to insult you but to make you think. Luke recounts the triumphant scene when Jesus enters Jerusalem during Passover week. The Pharisees tell Jesus to rebuke his followers for praising him.
Jesus’s response was to say even if they are quiet, the stones will cry out. All of God’s creation know that Jesus is the Son of God, even those dumb rocks!
So again I ask are you dumber than a rock or do you cry out your praises to the Son of God? Is he the Lord of your life? Is He the one that gives purpose to your life?
So many of us struggle with a wide variety of issues. Perhaps, like me, you’re suffering physically. Or you’ve lost a loved one. Or you’re disappointed and frustrated with how life is going for you. Your first response may be to say that praising God in your circumstances doesn’t make sense.
But you would be wrong.
God is God in good circumstances and bad. He is the Creator of all. He sent His only begotten Son so that we may have life everlasting! And for that alone He deserves our praises.
As Easter approaches, this is a great time to recommit to God.
PS. In full disclosure, I need to admit that the idea for this devotion is not mine, but comes from my brother’s sermon yesterday. Thanks Herb for the idea!