The Disciples still didn’t get it! While Jesus was preparing Himself for the reality of the cross they were squabbling about their future positions in the kingdom, bragging about how they would never let Him down, and sleeping when He asked them to pray.
Do you ever feel like you have let God down? You promised to never again fall into some old habit. You promised you’d be faithful to the end. Instead, you found yourself arguing with your husband, yelling at your kids, missing your quiet time, and giving up in discouragement.
1 Samuel 10 & 11
When You Let God Down
Squabbling, Bragging, & Sleeping
Do you ever feel you’ve messed up too badly for God to use you? Maybe it’s your “before Christ” past that haunts you. Maybe it’s something you did as a Christian. Sometimes it’s easier to accept God’s grace for those B.C. (before Christ) sins than those we commit as believers.
Here in Luke 22 as the events leading up to the crucifixion unfold, Jesus spends His last hours with His disciples. He has spent three years teaching and preparing them.
Yet now, with the reality of the cross looming, they were squabbling over their future positions in the kingdom (v. 24), bragging about how they would never let Him down (v. 33) and falling asleep when He asked them to pray (vv. 45-46). But just as He does with us when we fail, He lovingly corrected them, warned them of the dangers to come, and prayed for them that ultimately they would come out the other side.
Do you feel like you have let Him down? Run to Him not away from Him. Pray and ask for His forgiveness. Remember that He is praying for you and receive His forgiveness and help to change. It is for this that Christ died!
Today’s Other Readings:
1 Samuel 10 & 11:
By the Way … Bless Me!
Now Israel has her king and God has confirmed His choice through military victory, but that doesn’t mean it was God’s best for the nation. I believe there are times when God allows political events to bring about His holy, just and righteous purposes. Often, if not always, those purposes include revealing the hearts of the people involved. The Israelites wanted to be like all the other nations. They didn’t want God to be their King. Instead, they wanted Him to bless their choice to live like everyone else.
How like us they were! Too often, instead of seeking God’s will in a given situation through prayer and wise counsel, we make our own choices and then, almost as an afterthought, we ask Him to bless our decision. I wonder how different things would be if we got on His agenda, instead of always expecting Him to come bless ours!
Cast Your Burden on Him
Verse 22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
What a magnificent promise!
How often do we struggle under the weight of our own burdens because we fail to cast them on the Lord?
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11.28-30).
1 Corinthians 10.13 assures us that God will never allow a situation in our lives that is too much for us to bear. The weight or burden that He does allow has been uniquely designed to strengthen and grow each of us, not cause us to sink or give in to a sinful or worldly response. So cast whatever it is on Him in prayer and trust Him to bring about the result that is needed.
Do You Act or React?
Verse 18, “A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.”
James, in his epistle said, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (Jas. 1.19-20).
In counseling we often talk about the “Four Rules of Communication.” Rule #4 is “Act; don’t react” from Ephesians 4.31-32. Instead of reacting in anger, we should act purposefully by being slow to anger, seeking the Lord, and responding in kindness, compassion and forgiveness.
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