I’m driving fast.
Sixty-five MPH in the pouring rain is fast, right? I hear screeching tires. The car in front of me swerves to the right. I see something in the road ahead. Through the rain, I make out a long, wooden two-by-four in the middle of my lane. And then, I see the nails . . . sticking straight up out of the wood.
No good—long semi-trailer right beside me.
I swerve just in time to miss the nails and breathe a deep sigh of relief. That could have been a very miserable day.
Jesus is moving fast.
Three years for a public ministry is fast, right? He hears the screeching of an angry mob. His disciples flee in front of Him. He knows what’s in the road ahead. Through the blood pouring down His face, He sees a wooden cross in the middle of His lane. Then, He sees the nails.
“If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
“He will give His angels command concerning you, so that you won’t even strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus stays in His lane. He takes the nails. And breathes His last.
Perhaps there is a difficult task before you today. Maybe it is a painful task, an uncomfortable task. But it is right. And it’s the only way.
Ask for courage from the One who did not swerve in a hard situation. He was looking farther down the road, far past Calvary and a very miserable day. What did He see?
“For the joy that is set before us,” let’s look into what it means to practice unswerving faith today. And practice.
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