Daily D – John 12:37
Even though he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him.
JOHN 12:37 (CSB)
After all Jesus had done, including raising Lazarus from the dead, many people still did not believe in him for who he was. Worse yet, “many did believe in him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, so that they would not be banned from the synagogue,” (verse 42).
Bottom line? “For they loved human praise more than praise from God,” (verse 43).
We live in an interesting time. Many people say they do not care what anyone thinks about them and yet they carefully cultivate their appearance, their social media status, and more so that people will like them, really, really like them.
Truth and destiny take a back seat to popularity and position.
Going with the flow is easier than swimming against the tide.
Giving up is easier than staying in the game.
We do not have to give in to the encroaching darkness. Read verses 33-50. Listen to what Jesus says. Hear his declaration in verse 46: “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness.”
There is light. There is life. There is destiny.
Jesus is the Light of the World.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.
Jesus is the Way to the Father (John 14:6).
Sit with the self-centered sourpusses if you want, or go with Jesus.
Stay with those endlessly fascinated with themselves, or walk with Jesus along his path of adventure and meaning.
Soak up the acclaim of those who look down on everyone else, or look up to Jesus the Initiator and Perfector of all things.
I will live in the light of truth.
Our Father, it is hard for us to go against the flow. Give us strength. It is hard for us to swim against the tide. Empower us. Teach us your will. Show us your way. You know best. May we know you in ever-increasing wonder and delight. Amen.
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1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”