“Then he allowed Him.” – Matthew 3:15
There is a lot of wisdom behind this very short portion of one verse; John allowed Jesus into the water to be baptized! At first glance, many may think, “who does John think he is telling Jesus what He can and cannot do?” Of course, this is a natural inquiry, yet we do not need to venture far to find the answer. We need only to look inward.
If we define Providence as God’s divine intervention or more accurately, “timely preparation for future eventualities,” we can conclude, as Christians, we are either on God’s “Path of Providence,” or we are not. The Lord has a calling for each of us. Here is the key however, we get a say in the plan. Not in the design of the plan but in the agreement to be part of it.
When Jesus told His disciples He was going to wash their feet, Peter resisted immediately with a definite “No! You will never wash my feet, Lord!” Jesus’ reply was, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” After the plan was explained to Peter by the Lord, Peter was all too willing to allow his feet to be washed by the Savior, and more!
Our Lord’s plans are better than ours, and they are eventualities. He will fulfill the plan with or without us. As Christians, we have eternity in heaven but are we today on His “Path of Providence” as pilgrims in this foreign land? Is there something the Lord has been asking us to do and we have been resisting? If so, will we learn to resign our will to His like John and Peter did? What about you who have not accepted Jesus as Savior? The Lord’s plan is outlined in the Bible. There is a path to heaven and a path to hell. Which one have you decided to walk on?
“It is easy to learn the doctrine of personal revival and victorious living; it is quite another thing to take our cross and plod on to the dark and bitter hill of self-renunciation. Here many are called and few are chosen!” – A.W. Tozer