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Walk with Jesus (even when it hurts)

God's plans for your life are sometimes painful, but they are always strategic and good.

Jesus knew this, so he walked straight for Jerusalem, even though the cross waited for him there. He told his disciples that his death was part of a good plan.

They couldn't see it.

"Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies," Jesus said, "it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." (See John 12:24.)

In other words, Jesus' death, while painful, would result in tremendous blessing that was not possible any other way.

Suffering is not always worthwhile, and not all pain has a good purpose. But if God is asking you to do something painful, you can trust that it will be strategic and good.

Hebrews says Jesus endured the cross "for the sake of the joy that was set before him." He knew God's good plan would result in something worthwhile.

Reflection question

What good things has God asked you to do?

God, help us to have faith to do the amazing things you call us to do. Thank you. We praise you. Amen.