Devotional Reading: John 12: 27-36. Morning Psalm 5; Evening Psalm 27.
Text: Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say–“Father, save me from this hour?” No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.” (Jesus, John 12; 27)
I have found that doing the “right” thing is seldom an easy thing to do. I find comfort in Jesus’ internal debate as He wrestled with what lay before Him. He concluded that he could do no other for to do so would be to avoid purpose for which He came.
The lesson reminded me of a story that occurred centuries earlier as an Old Testament figure named Esther faced a dangerous and life changing decision. Would she keep silent or speak up? Would she reveal who she was or let evil win? Her cousin Mordecai challenged her and wondered if “for a time such as this she had been born”. Her decision changed the fate of a people. Jesus decision changed the fate of the world.
We probably won’t face such a life and death with the decision in our lives. But we will find that doing the right thing is not easy because it means that we must be willing to lose something. But we also know that in John’s gospel at least, Jesus made the ultimate “right” decision. And that changes everything.
Lord, give us the clarity of vision and the courage of conviction to make the “right” decision in our daily events. Amen.