Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”
For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.”
However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.”
John 7:3-8, 10, 12
Father let my time be at Your calling, not man’s. Let me stand firm in my convictions and not be swayed by public opinion. Let me move and act when You say; let my words come from You. Let me shine Your light in darkness, and reveal the truth through demonstration. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Jesus knew those around him that did not truly believe in him. He knew there were people, even his brothers, that were only around him through convenience- but they were not really loyal. He knew that behind his back they would talk. He knew that in good times they would hang around, but in bad times they wouldn’t be found.
Jesus understood the magnitude of the cross he had to bear and the commitment of his work as God’s chosen son. He could see clearly the path he needed to take and that he would only walk when and where our Father told him. Jesus was never blind to what was taking place around him. He could see the ‘set-up’ long before the plans were set in motion. His connection with our heavenly Father gave him both wisdom and discernment to see his way through, and to see through people.
We must not be moved by what others say or do. We must wait on the Lord to guide our steps. We only need to show ourselves, to act, when God commands us to- until then just listen and watch; and be prepared to see the worth of those around you.
Have an amazing Thursday, be warmed by your blessings, and thank God for another day. God bless you all. Thank you.
Note: This Message was originally published on November 30, 2010. It has been modified to align to current formatting and standards.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.