Today’s Scripture: The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Psalms 19:7‑9

The disciples had seen it all. For three incredible years, they had been right beside Jesus to hear every sermon and watch every miracle. They couldn’t wait for their chance to rule and reign with Him in His coming kingdom. But then Christ told them about His death, and they didn’t get it.

Jesus’ disciples couldn’t understand that He was preparing them for the hardships they would face after He left. Only after they had suffered for Christ would they be able to reign with Him. Jesus was getting them ready to reign.

Every sermon is preparation for its application. Every truth we gain from God’s Word prepares us to apply it in our hardships. We’re all going to have struggles. But we’ll never be anything until we go through them. Biblical teaching equips us with exactly what we need when the road gets rough.

Dig into God’s Word. Allow it to fill your mind. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to hear it. You may not understand everything you’re taught right away. But when hardships come—and you can be sure they will—the Word will bring you comfort. God is getting you ready to reign.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder