Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”John 11:25-26
Do you believe this?
My first reaction is yes, absolutely! I find that I trust Jesus more when life is awesome. When the semester is just starting and everything is new, I feel God being good to me. When my prayer life is going well, I feel God’s graces flowing into me. When I’m getting what I want, having fun with my loved ones, and things are generally going my way, I trust in God a lot more. It’s so much easier to say the Jesus Camp chant “God is good all the time!” when things are going good.
It’s easy to trust Jesus when our lives are going well, but it’s harder when we’re struggling.
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Before he raises Lazarus from the dead, Jesus doesn’t just tell Mary that he’s the resurrection and the life, he asks her if she believes it. Of course, she does believe it, but as she mourns her brother, it’s harder to believe it. I know that God is good, and I know that he loves me and has good plans for me, but it’s hard to believe when I’m in the middle of a tough time. When I struggled with a breakup before Nathan and I started dating, I fell into a really dark place. I found it so hard to believe that God had good plans for me, but by his grace, I stayed faithful to him. In the midst of this pandemic and the hardships that come with it, it can be hard to see God’s goodness. It can be hard to feel his presence and know that things will get better, but it’s during these moments that it’s most important to trust in him.
Jesus asks us to trust in him the most when it’s the hardest. When he seems so far away that we can’t feel him near, and when we’re in a place so dark that we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, we have to keep turning to him. These are the times when Saints are made. This is where we find beauty in the breaking. These are the times that reveal how strong our faith is and how much we really believe in him.
We believe this. Now how will we live for him?
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