John 12:27-50; 2 Chronicles 16-17; Psalm 78:1-20
There are times at work where you just know that the job is going to get difficult. You dread the day as you see it coming. You dread the moment as it’s about to happen. Jesus was headed to Calvary. As He taught the crowds in Jerusalem He told them a parable that would have made His journey clear to any who understood. He would die and be resurrected. That death part, though. That was the tough part of the job. ‘”Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? But for this purpose I came to this hour.’”(John 12:27) Later we know that Jesus would pray that the cup of death be removed even while submitting to the will of the Father. His upcoming death was the reason that Jesus came to the earth. He had been sent to die for the sin of all mankind and restore relationships between God and men. As the reality sunk in, the human Jesus could easily have begun to falter, but God the Son stayed true to His task. Very few of us have a cross in our future. Some may suffer real persecution, but most of us have a life in front of us where we have the ability to live for the Lord in our daily lives. We may not have the cross, but we have those tasks and people that we would rather not deal with. They make the job difficult. They make life uncomfortable. They may be the reason that we were called to that particular job or responsibility. Pray not that God would save you from that time, but that He would give you strength to endure, overcome and be victorious for Him. Pray that the outcome would be that your faith would be strengthened and that other people would be restored in their relationship to God because of that struggle. This is why God put you there.
Dear Lord, today there are struggles ahead that I don’t really want to deal with: bosses that don’t understand; clients who are difficult; and tough decisions to be made. While I would rather not face them, remind me that I am here for a purpose and that You have prepared me for this time. Give me the strength to overcome with grace and let others see Your love and grace during this time.