Today’s Reading: Mark 14:35-36
Today’s Reference: Hebrews 12:1b-2 “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The Jews and Romans crucified Jesus. He laid down His life for our sin. But ultimately, God was responsible for the death of Jesus. God could have sent legions of angels to “remove the cup” and rescue Jesus—but both Father and Son knew this horrible death was the only way to rescue you and me. And both loved us so much that they were willing to endure it.
Do you think your troubles come only from the devil or from the malice of others? That’s the path of bitterness and cynicism. We must grasp the fact that some troubles are part of God’s plan to purify and change us. You and I can endure whatever comes our way—remembering the Son walks beside us, the Spirit upholds us, and the Father will not let us suffer one bit beyond what we can bear with His help. Don’t focus on your pain, focus on God’s purpose for you, and the joy He has waiting for us on the other side!
Father, help me to recognize the suffering that comes my way as part of Your plan to perfect me, and endure it with Your strength so I can reach the joy that’s set before me.
In Jesus’ name, amen.