Matthew 10:23 “When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, *you will not finish going through the cities of Israel* before the Son of Man comes.”
Jesus teaches that when you are persecuted at one place…God will save you definitely… but use the available options of running to a safer city. The cities you run to are God given options, run to them. Don’t wait to be persecuted to death…use the option of running to a safe city.
Persecution doesn’t add value to your life, therefore don’t invite it by irresponsible actions, don’t wait for it, but run to a safe city. Persecution is not a big thing to spend your time tracking how far it is or putting fear of it in yourself and others. If it comes run! Eventually God will save us! He has provided safe cities to run to! You will not exhaust those cities before God saves!
Jesus promises that you will not exhaust the cities in Israel. That means Jesus knows how many options you have. Jesus knows how many options you have tried. Jesus knows how many options you are yet to try. Jesus knows when you are running out of options. Jesus promises that before your options run out, He will save you! You will not exhaust your options!
As we go through this day, we may be in dire situations. We may feel overwhelmed and persecuted. As we wait for God’s salvation… He says, use your options, that I have put at your disposal. You will not exhaust your options before God intervenes to save you.
The options are not to compromise faith. The options are not contradiction of God’s will. The options are sensible, run to a safe city. Our options should not compromise our faith or contradict God’s will. He promises that you will not exhaust your options!
What are your options in this health problem? What are your options in this relationship? What are your options in this financial situation? What are your options in this seeming betrayal? What are your options as you face loss and failure? Jesus says, try all options available, that don’t compromise your faith or contradict God’s will. Try the options! Try the options! You will not exhaust all your options before a final God given solution comes your way.
As we face this day…let us try options available to us today…God promises that, you will not exhaust your options before He intervenes! May this promise come true today in Jesus name. Amen!
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Pastor Rei Kesis