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Thursday, May 22

Posted: Thursday, May 22

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28

 

Verse of the day:

Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” (John 12:27-28)

 

“No pain, no gain!” It’s an old adage that continues to slide through the generations. Benjamin Franklin wrote “There are no gains, without pains.” In the 1980’s, actress Jane Fonda released a series of workout videos cheering “Feel the burn” and “No pain, no gain!” What is this unlikely connection of success and suffering? Why do we find the easy path does not also achieve the rewards we desire?

In John chapter 12, Jesus asks “Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’?” Jesus’ temptation to avoid the cross is a sympathetic echo of our own human condition. We pray, “Save me from this trial,” “Make my life easier,” “Remove this stress from my life.” We make these requests rapidly and often without asking a very important question. “Should I?”  

“Lord, is this your will to remove this trial, or will this trial exalt your name and expand your kingdom? Lord, should I pray for this stress to be removed, or are you preparing me to bring glory to your name?” 

Jesus concludes “This is the very reason I came!” May we see our daily lives in view of God’s eternity. May our lives echo Christ’s prayer from the cross, “Not my will, but yours be done!”

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Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

 
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