For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.- Romans 11:36 (NLT)
If we are honest about it, that is very hard to grasp sometimes. We live in a fallen world and all around us we see hardship, loneliness, broken hearts, suffering, illness and even death. Those of us who follow Christ are confronted by these things just like everyone else. What will our response be?
Like Job, when confronted with difficulty, people may confront us. They may ridicule us, asking us where our God is now. They may even tell us to curse God and die. What will our response be?
The cry of Jesus, "Come, follow me!" still rings out. Will those of us began this race, finish it or will we stop when we are gasping for breath, perspiration stings our eyes, nearly blinding us and our body screams out for us to stop. What will we do?
Jesus did not say, "Follow me until the road gets rough." He did not say, "Follow me only when the sun shines and there is a pleasant breeze." He did not say "Follow me while there is a crowd but if everyone else leaves, you may leave too." Instead He told us to take up our cross... and follow Him. That doesn't sound like a walk in the park, does it.
We are being called to stand firm. We are being called to persevere. We are being called to trust God even when our world is being blown-apart and we don't know which end is up.
Will we trust in His promises, will we faithfully follow Him even when tears are streaming down our faces? Will we follow Him even though it seems like He is leading us down a dark path or a dead end? Will we?
Good thoughts K . I was studying the Greek, wherein it said that Jesus held His peace, and said not a word, when He was being tried and beaten. (Strongs 4623). Matt. 26:63. Mk. 14:61, Mk. 4:39. It is in the thoughts of a forced submission, same Greek as when He told the winds to be still. No one on earth can silence and subdue His awesome power, so it was obviously forced in His being submissive to God the Father, and in His purpose in going to that cross. For our benefit.
He commands us to follow Him, and do the same. Yet never deny who He is. Those of the world will never comprehend or understand. God Bless sister.