Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


 'Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.' John 12:27-28

So often we are troubled by difficult events in our lives. It is often at such a time that we pray and ask God to help us. 'Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour?'

In other words 'get me out of this situation! Change the course of events! Don't let this be true!' We bury our head in the sand and prefer to pretend it's not happening.

Look at the way Christ deals with this situation: 'but for this cause came I unto this hour.' In our difficulties we need to find God. You may not see your difficulties as the 'cause of your existence' but they will, if you let them, lead you to the Cross, and the reason for these difficulties is our personal crucifixion. When we are under pressure we need to make the right decision and have the right reactions. 

Our perfect response should be: 'Father glorify your name!' In any situation no matter how difficult or stressful it might be our prayer needs to be this. 

Only then will the soul be at perfect peace when all it seeks is to glorify God in every situation. Only then will we hear the voice of God from heaven saying: 'I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.' Only then will we find a deep fulfilment from our walk with God.

'Our crosses would not bite upon us if we were heavenly minded.' By Samuel Rutherford.