Today’s Scripture“Judas Iscariot…went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.” – Mark 14:10-11 ESV.
Thoughts for Today“American Judas” is how some have referred to Benedict Arnold, a man who fulfilled the dictionary definition of a “Judas”: “A person treach
that, prior to this betrayal, Arnold had been perhaps America’s most accomplished soldier in that war. But, as the war continued, he became frustrated, feeling overlooked and taken for granted. His solution? To cut a deal with the British. Yet, after he defected, he found himself an outcast among his new friends and never received the rewards or credit he sought.erous enough to betray a friend; a traitor.”
Arnold gained this reputation after he betrayed his country during the American Revolution. However, many do not realize
In many ways, Arnold’s actions remind us of Judas Iscariot. Judas was an important disciple who kept the money for Jesus, a man who had left everything to follow Jesus, and who had been empowered with the Holy Spirit and performed miracles.Like Arnold, Judas faced disappointment. It seemed to him that his commitment to Jesus was futile. He might have felt frustrated and taken for granted, disagreeing with the direction of Jesus’ ministry. As a result, he negotiated a deal with Jesus’ enemies. Like Arnold, he discovered that he did not get what he was expecting. When he gave in to temptation, disappointment, and frustration, he lost everything.
In your life, you may experience discouragement. You may feel taken for granted and underappreciated. You may feel like giving up. Things may happen that you don’t understand. But don’t allow Satan to tempt you. Don’t give in to temporary emotions. Instead, renew your commitment to God’s Kingdom. Continue to follow Jesus. Stay faithful, and trust Him.
Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father,I commit my life to You. Take away my discouragement and doubt, and give me confidence in You. You are my Lord, and I am Your servant. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.