“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered.
(Matthew 20:22 NIV)
James and John believed they were ready for a more important job. They were looking for more authority and status. I am sure we can identify with the need to have more and to be more.
Our confidence in ourselves can be misleading when we follow our thoughts and desires. For this reason, it is imperative to turn over our plans, hopes, and dreams to the one who knows us best and is the Alpha and Omega.
When we place our trust in him, the words “we can” take on new meaning. We can, because he is leading the way and doing it through us. We can, because he did all the work so long ago. We can, because he will equip us with all we need to succeed as we represent him.
Trust the Lord to promote you when he knows you are ready, and not a moment before.
Lord, we thank you for keeping us from getting ahead of you. Help us listen and learn as you prepare us for what you have in store. There is power in the words “we can” when we have the wisdom to trust you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Study by Tamar Gray
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Tamar Gray is an Elder in the Cleveland, Ohio congregation of Grace Communion International, USA.
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