Friday, April 22, 2011

Reflections on Good Friday

A few thoughts have come to my mind this past week about the crucifixion, God's grace and love, and trusting in Him, and I thought I'd share them with you...

~Even though we are treasured and loved by God, we will still experience pain and hardship. Some people may claim "Jesus would never have allowed this to happen to me if he loved me!" Unfortunately, anyone who believes this is wrong. Jesus was dearly loved by God (Matthew 3:17), and yet the Lord still allowed him to be teased, taunted, flogged, and even crucified.

~So what are we supposed to do when we feel so overwhelmed that we think God does not care about us? It can be summed up in one word: Trust. Jesus did. Trust does not make grief or pain go away; trust infuses the grief or pain with hope. Jesus had hope. He saw beyond the pain. What exactly did He see that enabled him to endure all his hardships? I think he saw us. He loved us and desired to be with us that so much that He was willing to die on the cross for us. What an amazing sacrifice!! So, back to us, when we feel like giving up and quitting, we just need to pray, "God, please give me the grace to trust you." The journey of suffering can and should be the journey of trust. The two coincide. So next time you feel like quitting, giving up, hating someone, or yelling at Jesus, just pray for the grace to trust Him. That doesn't mean it will be easy. In fact, it will probably be hard. But like Jesus, we need to look beyond the pain. Look beyond the grief. Hope for new life someday in Christ. And He will give you the strength to endure whatever trials you're facing.

In Christ,
Elizabeth

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