Father I want to thank You for today, another day of life, another opportunity to do better and love harder, and another day to practice obedience and grace. Father I pray for discernment to see clearly what You need me to see and when You need me to see it. I pray for a heart that is warm and receptive to others love, and one that does not turn cold even towards my enemy. Father help me to free myself from the paralysis of fear. Help me to stop questioning and doubting You and those that You send to help me. Help me to hear Your voice above all others and to clearly distinguish Yours from the enemy’s. You know what I’m going through Father. You know what I’m struggling with. You know the pain and frustration. Help me to push through it all. Help me to be okay with walking through this alone or seemingly. I humbly pray to You as a believer and follower of Your son, Christ Jesus. Amen.
After all that they witnessed, heard, and even accomplished with their Teacher, the disciples still doubted Jesus. Then at this point they proclaim they are enlightened, believe fully, and never have reason to question Him again because now they believe He is who He says He is, who the scriptures described. Yet interesting enough, for those of you who already know the end of this soap opera, this knowledge and understanding was still not enough to empower them to stand by Jesus when He was arrested. They denied knowing Him and having any relationship with Him.
Now, we can argue that by denying Him it fulfilled prophecy, which is something that Jesus was adamant about fully respecting. We can look at the big picture and say that Matthew and John would not have authored their books that we read today, if they stood up and acknowledged they were Jesus’ disciples—because they would have been crucified beside Him. But imagine our walk, our journey. Imagine those who surround you don’t actually believe a word that you say, and this continues for many years despite all of the proof you provide, and it’s not until they are about to lose you that they believe, but even then it’s not enough. Think of the people from your past and even those in your present who have or are sabotaging your progress, or trying to with great effort.
Imagine how lonely Jesus felt for years, the burden He carried, the knowledge and wisdom that He had but couldn’t share freely and fully with others. Imagine how torn He was knowing that His own family, His flesh and blood, only saw Him as Jesus the carpenter, because how could they ever fathom that He was indeed the Messiah the prophets spoke of many years before His birth. Imagine how He felt knowing exactly which of His disciples would betray Him and how they would do it. Imagine how many times He wanted to give up and tell God to choose someone else to do the job.
Now compare your journey and struggles to Jesus. Does that put things into perspective? You think you have it hard. Go ahead and laugh because you know it’s pitifully funny don’t you? Yeah I’m laughing right along with you because my pity party looks mighty stupid right about now!
God has placed us on a path and along our journey there will be people that we meet, some will join us for a short period of time while others will walk beside or behind us for an extended period of time. They may or may not believe you and believe in you, some may even attempt to derail your plans, but don’t focus on that. Focus on putting one foot in front of the other and obediently doing and saying what God tells you to do each day. Sometimes our legacy is not seen clearly while we are here, but only in our transition does the mark we left behind actually have great impact.
Focus on doing your job, living your life fully and without regrets, and doing enough good that leaves behind a legacy that extends exponentially longer than the actual years you lived. God has everything already mapped out, He’s just waiting on you!
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.
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