John 12:27 (ESV)
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
Is your soul troubled?
Jesus had emotions. Jesus’ soul was troubled as he made his way to the cross. Jesus was showing his followers the impact of subjecting himself to the will of God. Jesus could just as well have said he was “stirred” or “agitated.” It works for me. I find it assuring that Jesus was feeling that way because I can get that way, too. No, I’m not headed to the cross, I don’t think. Billy Graham said, “The Christian life is not a constant high.” I’m comforted because I’ve wondered if I was getting it wrong. Being a Christian, following Christ, during the pandemic can be a low. Add to that, leading a group of Christians in Bible Study, or prayer, or worship, and I can be agitated at the least thing. That said I hear Jesus say, “But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” Jesus was following the will of God, on the road less travelled. You too may be following the will of God. These days you may be troubled over restrictions, infections, diminished attendance, and the longing for this to be over. You may be stirred by the continuing isolation. Consider this: Jesus walked to the cross one step at a time, with one foot in front of the other. Is your soul troubled? Perhaps it is. Your Christian walk may have “brought you to this hour.” Here’s the good news: You are not alone. Let’s take this walk together with Christ one step at a time, one day at a time.
“Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow
you worried about yesterday.”
― Billy Graham, Hope for the Troubled Heart: Finding God in the Midst of Pain
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