When Everything Goes Wrong

Todays reading: Daniel 4-6 and John 18

When was the last time you had a day when everything went wrong? You missed your alarm, you didn’t have time to make your morning coffee, your car was on E, you got the call from the school nurse that your child is sick, and you had no plans for dinner. Those are the days when everything just seems to pile up and you just want to crawl back in bed and be done. Then there are days when these days that go wrong don’t even compare to the moments when we get that unimaginable diagnoses from our Dr, we get a call about a loved one passing, or we lose our job. We do not know what tomorrow holds.

In our reading today, John 18, we read about happenings that seem unimaginable. Jesus is betrayed by one of His closest friends. He is then arrested and bound by soldiers and officers. And, then He is interrogated and treated like a criminal. It seemed that everything had gone wrong.

The crazy thing is, nothing was out of control or surprising to Jesus. Everything was happening exactly according to plan. Jesus gave himself over to the officials knowing all that would happen to him.

Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
John 18:4

Then when He was being interrogated He said to Pilate,

For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.
John 18:37

Jesus knew all that would happen to him. He could submit to these situations only because He knew and trusted in God’s perfect plan. He trusted the Father’s plans despite the circumstances that surrounded him. What a demonstration for us to look to God and trust His faithfulness even when our days and circumstances are out of our control.

God has a perfect plan that we cannot see this side of Heaven.