August 3 Looking Failure in the Face
For reading & meditation – John 13:12-32 “… ‘Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him.'” (v. 31)
The second thing we should do when failure strikes is to face it in the knowledge that with God something can be made out of it. The account before us today tells of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Notice how Jesus first accepted the situation before He went on to make something out of it. The Master said: “What you are about to do, do quickly.” He made no attempt to ignore the situation, sweep it under the carpet, or pretend it was not there – instead He calmly and deliberately faced reality. Before we go any further, make up your mind to face up to all of life’s problems, because if you try to ignore them, you will become inwardly demeaned. The account continues: “As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. When he was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. ‘” Not only did Jesus accept the situation, but He moved on to turn it into victory. No self-pity, no egotistical concern – He took charge of the situation and made the betrayal contribute to His victory. Was Jesus hurt by Judas’ betrayal? I should think so. But instead of spending the night wallowing in self-pity He looked at the situation from God’s point of view and quietly affirmed: “Now is the Son of Man glorified.” It may take you a little while to be able to respond to difficult situations in the way Jesus did, but remember this – the resources on which the Master drew are yours for the asking.
Father, I see that my life will be made or broken at the place where I acknowledge and deal with my failures. Help me not to run away from them, because in You I am more than a match for anything. Thank You, Father. Amen.