Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. Set them apart in the truth; your word is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. John 17.14-18
Everything is relative today. Whether something affects me or not is relative to my situation and the circumstances surrounding it. So something considered to be true may or may not be relative to my situation. Are you confused yet?
Jesus states clearly what truth is. God’s word is truth. It is not relative. It is applicable to everyone. He first gave that word to his disciples who became his apostles. They went out teaching the word and many times were rejected and mistreated because of what they taught. Generally, it is not the message that the world wants to hear. The world does not want to submit to God, therefore obedience is considered absurd.
Jesus did not call the apostles back from spreading the word of truth. He did not pray that they be taken out of the world, but that they be kept safe from the evil one. When we have problems today, we often pray that the Lord will remove the problem. Perhaps a better response would be to pray for protection from the evil one and wisdom and strength to continue standing for our faith in the midst of the storm.