FOR TUESDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 19:28-41
“Some people shouted one thing while others shouted something else. The crowd was confused. Most of the people didn’t even know why they had come together.” (Acts 19:32; GOD’S WORD Translation)
How many times have we seen mobs get out of control? The images are becoming way too familiar where differences of opinions become the fodder for yelling matches which too often turn into fighting with injuries and sometimes even death. Indeed, mob reactions are as volatile as a powder keg.
In a mob, people get so stirred up over things – sometimes they don’t even know nor understand what they are getting so worked up about. A mob takes on a persona all of its own. When people get caught up in the emotions of a mob they become angered and embroiled in a fight that often is not their own.
Here is how we can keep ourselves from being persuaded by a mob to do wrong: follow Jesus. When we follow the teachings of Jesus, no matter what the mob is doing, we’ll come out on the right side of the case every time. Let’s not let our emotions lead us astray. Let’s not act out of confusion but from a spirit of understanding.
PRAYER: God of Peace, keep us from giving in to the confusion in this world. Keep us focused always on Your will and give us the courage we will need to follow You no matter what. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]