Union Chapel, Vancouver, WA, Lenten Series meditation by Raelene Williams, March 10, 2015
Scripture: John 19:4-6
And Pilate came out again, and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold, the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.”
The last question Pilate asked Jesus is “what is truth?” Did Pilate understand the truth that Jesus shared with him? If he did, shouldn’t he have done more to save Jesus, the man, from what we know is to come? If Pilate had released Jesus, the events over the next hours and days would have been very different. Consider an answer to these questions – How does God weave the actions of people who are not aware of his truth into the fabric of a believer’s life? As a Christ follower, how do you know when and how to take action when it’s hard to see the outcome as being within the truth of God? What does it look like to be used of God in our everyday circumstances and trust God to control the outcome which may be very different than we expect? In “My Utmost For His Highest” Oswald Chambers guides us to a few conclusions – “If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all, they are meant to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what transpires in other souls so that you will never be surprised at what you come across. Are we partakers of Christ’s sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp our personal ambitions right out? Are we prepared for God to destroy by transfiguration our individual determinations? We never realize at the time what God is putting us through; we go through it more or less without understanding; then we come to a luminous place, and say-“Why, God has girded me, though I did not know it!”
Lord, as I travel through the daily activities of life, help me to hear your still small voice when you speak to me through strangers, family or friends.
Help me to listen to your spirit as you guide me so that it will not be my will but yours that is in control.
Record some of the people and experiences God has placed in your life in unexpected ways. Spend a few minutes talking to Him about these “girded” times.