Putting Ourselves in His Care Instead of Out There

His brothers said, “Why don’t you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do? No one who intends to be publicly known does everything behind the scenes. If you’re serious about what you are doing, come out in the open and show the world.” His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn’t believe in him either.

(John 7:3-5 MSG)

“Do you put yourself out there?” asked a good friend of mine. She had gotten engaged and wished the same for me. “No, not just for anyone anyways,” I answered, after giving it some deep thought. Throughout my life, I’ve heard this question asked in some form or another. Whether it was work or relationships, people always wondered if I was making myself noticeable enough. But relying on God for wisdom and direction, has taught me that I don’t need to try hard to prove myself because God is always at work on my behalf.

Jesus’ brothers seem to ask Him a similar question in today’s passage. They push Him to go up to the Feast of Tabernacles, a feast which ironically emphasizes God’s provision, so He can be publicly known. “Come out in the open and show the world,” they tell Him. But Jesus knew better. He stays back, at least until it’s the right time for Him to go. “Don’t crowd me. This isn’t my time. It’s your time—it’s always your time; you have nothing to lose…You go ahead, go up to the Feast. Don’t wait for me. I’m not ready. It’s not the right time for me.” He said this and stayed on in Galilee. But later, after his family had gone up to the Feast, he also went. But he kept out of the way, careful not to draw attention to himself”‘ (John 7:6-11).

Put yourself in God’s care, not out there

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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