Wednesday: May 27, 2020
Reference: 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.
The life of many biblical characters are marked by significant transitions and relocations. From the story of Abraham, through to Joseph, Moses and even Jesus, situations called for a change in location. However, today’s text presents the opposite where moving away is not the suggested option, but thriving right in the middle of uncertainties.
On paper, being absent from a danger zone is the surest guarantee of staying safe, much like standing outside the blast radius of a grenade. Yet, Jesus’ prayer was one that was clear ‘I do not ask you to take them out of this world, but to protect them from the evil one’. In other words, they don’t have to be outside the blast radius, but make sure no harm befalls them even within that perimeter.
There are many times in our lives when we want to exit a situation, but that may be the exact place God wants us to be. Our stories may not be like Abraham, who was asked to leave his father’s house, but like Isaac who was asked to say put and sow in the middle of a famine. Our environments may seem like impediments to us, but to the God who created all things and sustains them by the word of His mouth: every ground is fertile ground, every land can be tilled and in every location, one can be blessed.
Its about time we realise that God’s covenant is with ‘man’, his creation and on them, his blessings dwell; not just in the land. So wherever you may be , know that you carry the blessings to thrive in any situation.