Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
“Love . . . always protects.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)
“If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” ~John 18:8 (NIV)
Bible Reading •John 18:1-13
“When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.”
Who has God entrusted into your care?
My family, my friends, my coworker, my church family, the chance encounter with people I meet…anyone and everyone because we are all God’s children.
What threats do they face?
Any number of things and they vary from person to person. Some face challenges no one ever sees, the battles raging within. Many lack good, shelter, clothing the very basics of life.
What would it look like to protect them today?
See them, help them not to be invisible. Pray and ask for God’s protection and God’s will. Be open to Jesus’ call to be His hands and feet to a hurting world.
Could you place yourself between your loved one and a potentially hostile situation?
I would certainly try.
Should you pray to God for divine protection where you cannot reach?
Absolutely, pray and pray often seeking God’s will, listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to you. Answer the call.
📚 • 📚 • Further Study • 📚 • 📚
The Suffering and Glory of the Servant
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2052:13-53:12&version=NIV
Friends, thank you for joining me on this Lenten journey, reading and sharing the love of Jesus. God bless you. ~Peace Be With You!
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.