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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.