Todd Latham Grace Baptist Church
April 24, 2014
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. John 12:27-28 (KJV)
Jesus has just ridden into the city Jerusalem on a donkey and the people praised saying Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. Yet Jesus was troubled. He knew that the end was near and He knew that even though they praise Him when He first showed up they were getting ready to turn on Him and persecute Him. Jesus was troubled and He was honest about His trouble. He didn’t ignore it nor did He try to explain anything away. He faced His fears and finished the job anyway.
Examining the life of Jesus during His earthly walk with His disciples there are some things that is noticed. One: is that you can be obedient and in the will of God yet you still have to face storms, and tragedy in life. Second: is even though we have to experience troubles we can still have peace that surpasses all understanding because of Jesus. Third: is that these troublesome experiences are for our benefit because they reveal whether or not that we are walking in fear and trusting God, Who has proven Himself trustworthy time after time.
Fear will cripple us, hold us back, blind us, and keep us from advancing in our Christian walk. Just read the history of Israel after God had led them out of Egypt and delivered them from under the hand of Pharaoh. Just when God was ready to take them into the Promise Land they stopped in their walk because of fear and those of the age of twenty and older missed the blessings God had for them. They lived for forty years not being in the place God had for them nor being the people God called them to be. Why? Because of fear, fear will infect us, affect us, and control us if we don’t understand it.
Notice Jesus didn’t deny His fear nor did ignore the fears of the disciples however He continually educated them about their fears. Fear is a natural human emotion and Jesus took fear to the one place we should take our fears and that is God Himself. The way that we overcome the fear that often paralyzes us is with the understanding that fear is not just psychological but educational. The Word of God is continually educating us on how to overcome fear. Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Matthew 10:28 (KJV) 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV) 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The will of God will never take you to a place where the grace of God can’t keep you! If while in His hands He can keep the universe from falling apart then surely while in His hands He can keep your life from falling apart.