Daily Devotion, 01/23/18, “No Surprises”
“Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, ‘Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.’ But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.” Luke 18:31-34 NLT
Back in my youth pastor days, I had a senior pastor who would always say, “God isn’t surprised by this,” whenever something bad would happen. It was his way of expressing his faith that God had gone ahead of him and God would take him through it. In our passage today, Jesus is about to head to Jerusalem where He will be betrayed, beaten, crucified, entombed, and resurrected. He’s trying to give His closest followers a heads up but they don’t grasp what he’s saying. Later, when Jesus was arrested, his they were shocked, fearful and overwhelmed. Not Jesus. He was not all surprised by what was happening.
Life in this fallen world has a way of hitting us with the shocking, scary and overwhelming. It’s not a lack of faith to get rattled when this happens, it’s just part of being human. That being said, you’ve got to know that God is not rattled by it, He’s ready for it. He’s not surprised by what surprises you. He isn’t caught off guard or unprepared. When you get rattled remember that He’s got this and He’s got you. He’ll walk through this with you every step of the way. One last thing, don’t forget that God’s stories end with redemption and resurrection. He’s all about “beauty for ashes.” Whatever it is, in the end, it will be okay. Even in death, God wins! You are loved!