There were many opportunities in my life where I simply did not speak up or speak out…I used to be shy, very quiet and am still somewhat introverted. But in reading and growing in my walk with the Lord, I’m continually discovering that I simply cannot be quiet about His love, grace and favor to those who LOVE Him.
How sad that Pilate missed the most important opportunity of his life.
He was so consumed with himself, his position and his authority that he failed to see the Messiah standing right before his very eyes.
He wanted to release Jesus (Luke 23:4) but the crowd pressured him to have the Son of God crucified.
They simply wanted him dead because they feared him. No other reason.
Pilate lacked character and courage: Being courageous does not mean that you are fearless, it simply means that you are moving ahead in faith in spite of your fears. God honors fear in obedience. There are many, many things that man does not understand. Sadly, that appears to be the problem with most of the world today. We do not understand God’s ways so therefore, we do not submit to him. We, in our flesh, need the reasons why…
One of my many prayers is this: “Lord, there will be many times when I don’t understand, but I will trust you.”
No offense, but who are you that you need to understand why God wants you to do something before you decide to do it? He is God and owes you no explanation whatsoever. Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
Don’t be like Pilate and miss out on an opportunity that could be life altering. He is a patient God, but the end is near. It’s harsh but true.
Quiet Devotion: Check your character. Is it reflective of an authentic life?
Isaiah 66:2…”I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”