When Things Go From Bad to Worse
“I can’t sleep.” —J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan
He could see it in their eyes. They were starting to get scared. This was not some sort of parable or illustration… this was for real. Jesus was telling them of His impending death and departure, and Judas had already left the group, destined to set in motion the events that would climax in His innocent blood being shed.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” —John 14:1-3
Jesus knew that over the next hours, days, months, and years His disciples would have to learn how to trust and believe Him. He knew that in centuries to come, we would need to learn the same. In His final discourse to the disciples, and His future encouragement to us, His teachings were twofold: the Spirit will be in you on earth, and I will come back for you one day. Trust Me—I have it all figured out.
Jesus, What can I do but praise You for Your provision? You have given me everything and the only thing I truly need on earth: Your Spirit in me. I trust and believe in You. Even when circumstances on earth go from bad to worse, I trust and believe in You. And on the other side? I trust and believe that You will be coming back to take me to a place prepared for me. I trust and believe. Amen.
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