Months ago, I read about a challenge to read through one of the gospels ten times in a row. Loving a good challenge and a distinct, clear goal, I accepted! I’ve been reading through John. over and over. I’m on my 7th time reading it through (I think…I lost count until I started a tally in my bible). God continues to show me new things every step of the way. Especially about how Jesus approaches life and lives.
“Now my soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, “Father, save Me from this hour?” But for this purpose I came to this hour.”
I often find myself wanting a way out of circumstances. I try to take the way around the lake rather than diving in and swimming through the waves. I see potential trouble brewing on the horizon and I devise plans to keep it at bay. Classic avoidance. And then I see the verse above and realize that I don’t have to steer clear. Oh, no! I can stand in the wake of the storm firm on my foundation and not be shaken. All for what purpose….?
“To glorify His name.”