Even in Tough Times
Read: Exodus 30:11-31:18 & Matthew 26:47-68 & Psalm 32:1-11 & Proverbs 8:27-32
Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee life will be easy. It might not be safe or fun at times either. Jesus Himself was betrayed with a kiss by a friend and later crucified.
In tough times, we may be tempted to let our circumstances control our relationship with God—
by getting angry with Him, by questioning His goodness or by choosing to go our own way because it seems easier. When Judas brought the men to have Jesus arrested, one of His companions drew His sword in anger and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant before he was ordered by Jesus to put the sword away.
In Matthew 26:53-54, Jesus says, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” What if He hadn’t felt that way? What if Jesus treated His troubles the way we sometimes do, deciding it was too big a burden to trust God with? How would our lives look today?
Jesus knew His temporary suffering was necessary in order for God’s plan to be complete. Knowing there is a bigger picture filled with hope, we must remember to seek God even in situations that feel hopeless. Psalm 32:10 says, “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.”