Day 228 – Potholes in the Path
On: June 16, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. Luke 18:31-34
I don’t understand much of what goes on in my life. Why things happen. When they happen. How they happen. Actually, I should add “… at the time.” It is only when I look back that it starts to make sense and everything falls into place. Is that your experience?
Jesus tells His disciples in detail what is going to happen to Him. Yet they don’t get it. More so – it is hidden from them. What, then, was the point in telling them?
Maybe something like this … Clearly the disciples remembered what Jesus had said after these things happened, otherwise we would not be reading this account today. They remembered at the very time they were grappling with an apparently hopeless situation – their Master, their Hope had been arrested, falsely accused, abused and murdered. I can imagine the conversation: “But hold on; that’s just what He said would happen.” “You’re right, it was. But do you remember how He finished?” “That He would rise again, on the third day.” “Absolutely. And that’s today!” “So, maybe this hasn’t been a ghastly disaster, after all.” “Let’s wait and see what the day brings.”
Is this an example of where Eternity touches Earth? God, with a fluid view on time, knows what’s coming and prepares His people for the path ahead – if we will listen carefully.
The future, for those who name Jesus as Lord, is secure. The very death and resurrection He speaks of here have made that so. Along the way, though, there are potholes in the path with many twists, turns, obstacles and challenges. We can’t avoid these: that is life. But we can take encouragement from what we have already been told, in His Word, by His Spirit, through His people. If we listen and ask Jesus to help us understand, we may not avoid all the potholes, but we will learn to trust that He has our lives in His hands, and His plans for us are good.
Father God, please help me to listen carefully for what You are saying to me, and to allow it to guide my outlook on life as it unfolds before me. That I might grow in trust and give You the glory for Your perfect plan. Amen.