Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 21 Scripture Selection: John 19:1-16
Food for Thought: John 19:6-8, 12, 16
Though we understand that it was for our ultimate benefit for Jesus Christ to be crucified, from Pilate’s perspective, he was looking at an innocent man who did not deserve to die. Yet he caved to the pressure of the Jews, something he felt quite troubled about. And once he made the decision to yield to their demands, it was impossible to reverse it. The damage had been done, and he had to live with that decision for the rest of his life.
Isn’t it interesting that people can know the right thing to do, and yet not do it? We’ve all been guilty of that at one time or another. It seemed easier to do the wrong than to face the pressure and do the right thing. But the price of doing that can be very high and very hard to undo.
James 4:17 addresses this: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” God’s way is always best, but sometimes what holds us back from doing the right thing is fear or pride; both hinder the will of God in our lives. However, as Christians we have the advantage of God’s Word and His Spirit to lead us and strengthen us, enabling us to push back against the pressures from without and within. God promises to help us, as shown in Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Every day presents us with the opportunity to choose to do what’s right, despite the strong temptation to ignore the small, gentle voice within us. Let us gear up with the Word today and receive this encouragement so that we will have the courage to follow God’s will. Galatians 6:9, 10 exhorts us to “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” We can do it.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):