A Holiday Weekend

Holiday Talk
Luke 12:54-56  Jesus also said to the people, “When you see a cloud coming in the west, you say at once, ‘It is going to rain.’ And it does.  When you see the wind blow from the south, you say, ‘It will be a hot day.’ And it is.  You who pretend to be someone you are not, you know all about the sky and the earth. But why do you not know what is happening these days?”
Although there may be some skill in predicting the weather, it still seems as though weather reports are often wrong.  Jesus wasn’t trying to teach a lesson on weather forecasting.   He was determined to get a more important lesson understood. 
Jesus came and taught the law to those under the law.  The law reveals man’s greatest need, to admit we sinned and find the Savior.  Jesus showed grace to anyone who came to Him in humble desperation, but to those who had pride, He reminded them of the law they could not fulfill. 
When Jesus was talking to this crowd, He knew many did not understand why He was there and how they needed a Savior.  I find it interesting that Jesus used weather forecasting as a teaching tool to highlight His mission!
I suspect all weathermen know of their mistakes in forecasting.  Like them, we all try our best but often miss the mark.  We all need the Savior.   There will be Memorial day picnics filled with people who will talk about the weather but do not understand why Jesus came at all. 
Perhaps if you find yourself discussing the weather, see if there is an opportunity to ask a spiritual question as well, to help them understand our need for the Savior.  This holiday is a clear reminder that life can be fleeting.   James 4:14 says: “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
It’s much more important to know why Jesus came than worry about tomorrow's weather!  May our ears be open to hearing an opportunity to talk about Jesus!    
Ephesians 5:15-16  “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity”
Pastor Tom