Day 149: The Easy Way Out

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
2 Samuel 14:1-15:22
John 18:1-24
Psalm 119:97-112
Proverbs 16:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?” – Jn 18:11

Judas arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus. He came with a “detachment” of troops (v 3), which Biblical scholars estimate would mean 600 soldiers. Jesus could have stopped the arrest: if He had simply given the command, an army of angels would have arrived! Peter wanted to stop the arrest: he drew his sword and “struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear” (v 10). The easy way out would have been to fight; but Jesus chose to embrace His destiny instead.

When God calls you to do something, are you willing to do it? Jesus could have easily broken free; but He knew God’s will was for Him to be detained. Jesus knew His Father’s will was for Him to die on the Cross. Sometimes laying down your weapon and accepting God’s will is more courageous than fighting!

Jesus refused to take the easy way out. What God wanted was far more important than what He wanted. When God calls you to accept His will, will you lay down your weapons, open up your arms, and embrace His calling with everything you’ve got?

Prayer:

Father, I don’t want to fight Your will anymore. I receive Your calling over my life. I accept the role You have given me to play. I want to be used by You, so that heaven can come to earth, in Jesus’ name!

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