My Father will honor the one who serves me. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” -John 12:26-28 NRSV
Like Jesus, our soul can be troubled when we consider the difficult path that we are sometimes called to walk. The patient that has received a cancer diagnosis. The mom or the dad who watches their child battle an addiction. There are things in life that trouble our soul so much. Yet in the midst of it we sometimes hear a voice calling us to glory.
As I read these verses I remember that old hymn that refrains, "It is well with my soul". In times of gut-wrenching trouble we can know that all is well when we understand that the name of God is being glorified in our lives. This thought gives me so much courage to meet the challenges of my day. I long to one day hear the Father speak of how we glorified him.
We live our hearts to you dear Father. Help us to know that we are here to reflect your glory in our troubles.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.