The past 2 weeks have been excessively busy for me. I’ve over-scheduled and over-committed myself. Don’t feel too bad for me…it’s entirely my fault :). I should have been more careful in planning out my schedule. While doing my Lent readings for the day, I was confronted with a timely thought. It’s from the book Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross edited by Nancy Guthrie that I referenced in last week’s post. As the author reflects on Christ’s betrayal and suffering he say’s this:
Jesus’ character shines through in this moment of crisis…the character and calmness of Jesus remind us and provide an example for us in the midst of our own trials.” p. 38
Now, I’m not going through a crisis, but I think the principle applies to anytime we are stressed. Stress, trials, difficult times, they have a way of “testing” our trust in God. Christ was able to be calm in his moment of crisis because he knew his Father was trustworthy.
Numbers 23:19 says God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? An old saying comes to mind. “Don’t doubt in dark what you know to be true in the light”. When we experience hard times, we need to lean hard on what we know to be true about God. If it’s true when times are good, it’s true when times are tough. God is good, all the time.