(context is in Jesus’ coming into Jerusalem and everyone praising him as he rides in the town, and the Pharisees wanting to shut them up.)
40 But he said, “If they kept quiet,
the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”
From Barnes’ Notes on the Bible Commentary:
The stones would …cry out – It is “proper” that they should celebrate my coming. Their acclamations “ought” not to be suppressed. So joyful is the event which they celebrate – the coming of the Messiah – that it is not fit that I should attempt to impose silence on them. The expression here seems to be “proverbial,” and is not to be taken literally. Proverbs are designed to express the truth “strongly,” but are not to be taken to signify as much as if they were to be interpreted literally. The sense is, that his coming was an event of so much importance that it “ought” to be celebrated in some way, and “would” be celebrated. It would be impossible to restrain the people, and improper to attempt it. The language here is strong proverbial language to denote that fact. We are not to suppose, therefore, that our Saviour meant to say that the stones were “conscious” of his coming, or that God would “make” them speak, but only that there was “great joy” among the people; that it was “proper” that they should express it in this manner, and that it was not fit that he should attempt to repress it.
Okay, the first thing to note is this little post is not to be taken as any kind of exegesis of this verse. I literally was encouraged by it in a bit of an ‘out of context’ way, so just go with me here and stone me later.
Honestly, and to my own surprise, I’ve been dealing with a lot of I N S E C U R I T Y lately.
Insecurity is a broad term, but it’s been specifically in the area of relationships with people and the underlying questions “Am I enough?” and “Am I wanted?”.
It’s crazy how it feels like it’s hit me like a load of bricks, like bam! Lies and insecure thoughts seemingly out of nowhere.
And I’m still dealing with it, and praying, and asking God to fill me with His truth because I know these thoughts and feelings are lies. But feelings are very real, and thankfully God is using them to indicate the underlying limiting beliefs I’m currently carrying that he wants to transform.
Anyway, in worship today God spoke Luke 19:40 into my spirit.
He essentially was telling me and tells you as well –
Do not wish you were like someone else. Do not believe the lie that what they offer is better or needed more.
God has put each of us individually EXACTLY where he wants us. Acts 17:26 says that “from one man He made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And He decided exactly where they should live.”
Sometimes, when insecurities rise up within us, we want to run away, sometimes even physically to something different. But the same insecurities will go with you, so running isn’t the answer. So, knowing that God has you where he wants you, what else do we need to know when we’re feeling insecure?
Romans 12:6 says that “we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”
God has you where you are because what you carry is something that place needs!
He made you different than that other person. ON PURPOSE. You have a different personality, you relate to people differently, you love people differently.
But each one of us is a unique expression of GOD and His love and grace.
The proverbial statement from Jesus of ‘if they don’t praise Me, the rocks would cry out’ can hold true for us today. If you silence and suppress your true self, who God made YOU to be, all because you think it’s not wanted or as good, God misses out on being glorified by YOU and He’ll be glorified another way. But more than that, people around you will miss out on a picture of who God is because they won’t see it in you.
Is this making sense?
I’m writing this to encourage us both.
We aren’t to imitate anyone except Christ. (not to say don’t imitate your leaders who are following after Christ, but I’m meaning we aren’t meant to BE like anyone else!)
It’s so easy to think that we are not the one, that someone else can do it better. It’s easy to think that my skills and gifts aren’t that great or worth being used, it’s easy to believe the lies that say I’m not enough or I don’t belong.
But what if we took our eyes off ourselves (and off comparison) and just unapologetically choose to BE who God made me to be. Quirks, twerks and all 😉
The world out there needs to see the expression of God through you.
Don’t suppress your personality, your laugh, your crying, your creativity, your ideas, your gifts, your passion for anyone or anything. Instead, express it freely.
Some may not accept it, some may not want it. But I believe there’s a reason you are the way you are and you’re at where you’re at – blessed to be a blessing. Who can you bless today by being you? No one else thinks like you think, the Spirit speaks to you and gives you thoughts and ideas he may not give anyone else. Let’s engage with life and people and be in the moment and allow God to ‘use us’ to reveal an important facet of His heart.
When insecurity rises up and you feel a need to suppress,
Step out confidently in His power and choose to express.
It always costs something, it’s not always easy, but you are graced for it.