Luke 21:14 (KJV)
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
It would be entirely appropriate to define the word settle in modern terms as “put it to bed.” This thing is laid down, at rest. It’s not active in any way; it’s not changing posture, position, or place.
The context has to do with coming persecution. When these disciples face persecution in the future, rather than attempting to prepare a winning argument to get them out of their distress, they were to simply trust that God would give them the answer. Some have tried to connect this with preaching. That connection is a mistake. Some would say that the disciples were not supposed to be trained. This, too, would be an error. They were in training at that moment. Previously prepared persons may trust the Lord to use that preparation under pressure.
My point is that proper preparation enables us to “put to bed” our testimony. It’s not that we live unaware of what’s around us. We simply have no concern about what an appropriate response to pressure is. It’s already settled. We will trust the Lord.
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