Wednesday: 16th May, 2018
Reference text : John 17:11-19
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Which option is better? A life without challenges in any form or one with some? Will we opt for a life where we are sometimes questioned for what we do or one in which we sail through things like a hot knife through butter? To take things a step further, which do we think God pushes for? A challenge-free life or its opposite? Every situation can open a bottle of endless questions, however, in every such situation; there always remains an unchanging truth.
Sometimes, we are of the view that the best or the only way to truly move forward or make positive progression can occur only in the total absence of opposition or challenges. Jesus in his pre-departure talk with the Apostles, makes the prayer in today’s text for them as He was very aware of the kind of world they would find themselves in. One where they would face fierce opposition and tough persecution- yet, his prayer was not for them to be taken out of that world, but to be protected while in it.
Much like a confirmation of the words of David in Psalm 23:5a: ‘you set a table before me in the presence of my enemies’. Sweetheart, God is not one to be put off by the things that you are going through because He does not hold back from doing what He intends to do for us just because we find ourselves beset on every side with little or no room to move around. Even while this is so, He does what He does best- providing for us through it all.
He has come to that point with us, where we are deemed too precious to be left to face the storms of the world by ourselves; those storms whose presence he confirmed with the words: ‘In this world, you will have trouble, but fear not, I have overcome the world’. Therefore, because of this truth, regardless of the evil that surround us, and the opposition that we face, we ought to remain resolute and thrive because God is with us through it all.
Remember # He sets a table before us, even in the midst of our enemies.