What Jesus Did! 'The Real Benefit' — John 12:27-30

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Now I am very troubled. What should I say? Should I say, 'Father save me from this time {of suffering}'? No, I came to this time so that I could suffer. Father, do what will bring you glory!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have already brought glory to myself. I will do it again." The people standing there heard the voice. Those people said it was thunder. But other people said, "An angel spoke to Jesus!" Jesus said to the people, "That voice was for you and not for me.
— John 12:27-30 NLT
Illustration of John 12:27-30 NLT — "An angel spoke to Jesus!"

Key Thought

Wouldn't it be nice to be so sure you are living in God's will that you wouldn't need reassurance that you are doing the right thing? I don't know about you, but I have a hard time not envying Jesus' assurance expressed in this passage. While we may never have the confidence of walking in God's will that Jesus does, we do have several incredible blessings that should give us great confidence about living in God's will. First, we can pray for wisdom and be assured we will receive it. Second, we can take confidence that God is going to work in our lives for our good. Third, we can trust that the Holy Spirit will help lead us and guide in God's will. While we cannot be as sure as Jesus, we need to rest assured that God will get us where we need to be to honor him if we are genuinely seeking his will and are willing to do what he asks of us because of our love for him.

Today's Prayer

O God Almighty, God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, please give me wisdom to know your will, courage to follow it, and grace to do it in a way that blesses others. In Jesus' name I pray. amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:5-8
  • Romans 8:26-30
  • Galatians 5:22-26


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.