And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one . . . and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Every parent has had the privilege of being a source of encouragement to a discouraged child. When children’s lives are going well, they seem to fuel themselves with renewed energy. But when life hits a roadblock, they need someone to draw them close. And parents usually get the call.
That is true not just for our sons and daughters, but it was true for the Son of God as well. There were times when Jesus was appreciated and sought after—when feeding the multitudes or making a triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 14; 21). But there were other times when He heard jeers instead of cheers. In those situations Jesus turned to His Father, the one Person He knew would understand and confirm for Him that there was purpose in His troubles. When Jesus’ arrest was imminent, He poured out His heart to the Father (John 17). Right before it happened, He was still praying (Matthew 26).
If you are experiencing more discouragement than encouragement today, do what Jesus did: Turn to the Father who loves you.
Since God has a Son of His own, and such a Son, how wonderful God’s love in adopting us!