Scripture Reading: Luke 1:3-4 (New International Version)
Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Thought for the day:
I’m a big fan of criminal dramas and any programme that has any kind of investigative plot. I have many Sherlock Holmes books and love the logical approach detailed in each book. There is one very famous line that has been used countless times in many different scenarios. The quote is: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth” Even though I completely understand this, as a Christian, it poses one major problem for me: Matthew 19:26 says ” … with God all things are possible.”
Having faith in this God who can do anything is not a replacement for logical thought. It is an extension to it. It goes beyond the norm.
In our verses today, Luke is saying that he has investigated everything thoroughly. He has examined the evidence and is going to give an accurate record of everything that Jesus did. For what purpose? That we may be absolutely certain of everything that we’ve been taught. What we read in the Scripture is true. Luke has done the work and is asking us to believe it, to have faith in it, to trust it. I’m asking you to take what you’re reading, mix it with faith and see what God can do. This isn’t blind faith, it is a belief based on fact, taken beyond the normal to a level that can see an awesome God at work in lives of ordinary people.
Prayer and Application:
In your prayer time today, make a declaration that you’re going to trust God in new ways. Don’t restrict your thinking to logic or to what you can see with your eyes. Ask God to raise your gaze a little higher and thank Him for being in your life.
Take a few moments to write in your journal some things that are a little too difficult for you to cope with. Pray through those issues, stating that you have faith that God can see you through anything.
Read Luke 1:1-25