How are we supposed to deal with the ups and downs of life? Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. People can support us or turn against us. Circumstances can be in our favor or become adverse. Our own desires and emotions can motivate us or hinder us in faithfulness and devotion. We may face sickness, or we may face health.
We often long for consistency in this life; we just want dependable circumstances and to be dependable ourselves. However, like the apostles, at the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus, we can find ourselves lacking in faithfulness, dependability and commitment.
31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
“ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will
be scattered.’ Zech 13:7
32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
34 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same (Matt 26:31-35 NIV)
God calls us by His gospel to the obedience that comes from faith (Rom 1:5), to be sure, but He never promises us that our relationships, circumstances, emotions, or our own performance will never let us down. We will in this life face troubles, trials, persecutions, and sin (John 16:33; James 1:2-4; 2 Tim 3:12; 1 John 1:7-9).
What God promises us is that in this life He will never leave, nor forsake us (Matt 28:20; Heb 13:5-6) and what God requires of us is faith in Him to keep His promises (Rom 4:21; Heb 11:6).
I want to encourage us this week to stop mourning the failure to find perfect people, relationships, circumstances, emotional states of being, and behavior and remember the sure and certain (assurance and conviction) aspect of faith – Jesus Christ, Himself!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – Heb 13:8.