Sometimes the people closest to you are your biggest discouragements. This seemed to be the case in the life of Jesus on day in Galilee when his own brothers, who at that time did not believe in Him, challenged Him to go to a big festival in Jerusalem to show off His powers.
Jesus refused, telling them that the timing was not right. But, after his brothers left for the festival, Jesus secretly went. Surely, the Lord was up to something mysterious and great. So, as you read about this in our focal scripture passage for today, realize that God’s will is not just about knowing and doing right from wrong. God’s will is also about timing, neither getting ahead of God in fleshly zeal, nor lagging behind him in faithless apathy.
(John 7:1-10) 1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.