Luke 21:15 – “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”
Have you ever been tongue-tied or found yourself with mind-freeze, when everything goes blank? You are standing there in front of someone, or worst still, a group or crowd, and your brain gives you nothing. Later on, of course, your mind goes into overdrive with umpteen different brilliant responses; a lot of good that is once the moment has passed.
In Luke 21 Jesus is preparing all his followers for what lies ahead. He foretells of the destruction of the Temple and of wars and persecution in the days to come. “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences.” He also warned that some followers would be persecuted, some put in prison and some made to stand before leaders. We have seen all of this during our time and there will be more to come. From the moment that Eve reached up and the tips of her fingers touched the fruit, these events have all been inevitable. As much as we want to question why, we cannot change what will be.
Jesus, in his teaching, does not sugar-coat the Christian life but he does say, “When you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place.” And we are also not to be afraid if we have to answer for following Jesus, for he has promised, “I will give you a mouth and wisdom…” The comforting truth is, He gives us wisdom for every situation. No matter how difficult life gets, the promises of God are steadfast. He is our way through the chaos and our light in dark times.
Allow the Holy Spirit the freedom to work in your life, to guide you into those promises and to increase your faith to speak His Words.