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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.