Day 196: July 15, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

John 14:1-31

The Way to the Father
1 “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. 4 You know the way to where I am going.” 5 “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus Reveals the Father
7 “If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” 8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own. The Father who lives in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves.

Praying in Jesus’ Name
12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

Another Counselor Promised
15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
19 “In a little while the world will see Me no longer, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live too. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you. 21 The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it You’re going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me. 25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit —the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

Jesus’ Gift of Peace
27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. 28 You have heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. 30 I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me. 31 On the contrary; I am going away so that the world may know that I love the Father. Just as the Father commanded Me, so I do. “Get up; let’s leave this place.

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
—John 14:27 (NLT)

Stop Thinking and Start Trusting
by Eric Newton,

I got to play golf with a customer of mine recently at Torrey Pines near San Diego, California. Torrey Pines is a famous public golf course where they have held major golf tournaments like the U.S. Open.

It is an amazingly beautiful course that borders the Pacific Ocean. Many of the holes on the course have a grand view of the ocean for as far as the eye can see. The holes and fairways are accented with meticulous landscaping. You can watch parasails, hang gliders and pelicans fly by as you are playing golf.

For the first 8 holes of my game, I was caught up in the beauty of the course. I would walk up to the ball, take my swing and then admire God’s creation and take pictures with my iPhone.

Then after I birdied the 8th hole, my customer said, “Wow, you are having a great game. You could have a really good round.” From the 9th hole on my game went downhill. I ended up with a mediocre round of golf.

What happened? I started thinking about and worrying about my game rather than trusting my swing and enjoying the game. I lost sight of the beauty of the course and started seeing the rough and the bunkers I could hit into. I became afraid of blowing a good round and I did.

This happens to us many times as Christians. Jesus tells us “don’t let your hearts be troubled, trust in God and trust also in me.”

What could we accomplish if we just trusted Jesus more? How much more meaning would our life have if we would just look out on the ocean of life and realize that at the end of it all, He has prepared a place for us?

Rather than looking down the fairways of life and seeing the rough areas and the traps, what peace and joy would be ours if we would just do as he says and obey His commandments? His commandments are meant to keep us in the fairways of life.

Next time you step out onto the fairway of life, stop thinking (you know what to do already) and start trusting. Swing away. The view from the fairway is very peaceful.

Reflection Questions

  1. In what areas do you not trust Jesus?
  2. What has you troubled or afraid?
  3. Are you keeping your eyes focused on the long-term goal of what Jesus has in store for you?
  4. Where do you need to just step up, trust Jesus and swing away?

About the Author

Eric Newton