Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Evaluating God's Performance - Part 2

God has never sugar coated life. He made it abundantly clear that this world is evil, will become progressively more so, and that we will have trouble in it if we follow Him. He has also never failed to make known to us that if we trust Him, we will be more than conquerors.

Just before Jesus' crucifixion, He evaluated His Father's performance and found Him faithful. To His closest friends, who would abandon Him in His darkest hour, He said, "Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me." He then spoke to all of us and said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace." Jesus, the ultimate realist spelled out what life would be like as He said, "In this world, you will have trouble;" Jesus, the ultimate believer then made our choice clear, "but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:32-33)

Trusting God is not just a choice. It is an evaluation of Him. When we choose hopelessness, frustration, anger, or defeat, we have decided that God will not perform. We have decided to trust the trouble, not God. Even when we are the trouble, when we are he ones who fall short, when we point the finger at our own weaknesses and use them as an excuse not to change, not to try, not to strive, even then we are evaluating God. In those days of self-pity and self-loathing, we are still pointing a finger at God and saying, in essence, that He has not made us equal to the task.

No matter what the news, no matter what the situation, no matter what your resources, every choice you make reflects what you think of God. You either believe He has overcome the world, or you don't. Assess Him faithful, trust Him, and the peace that passes all understanding will fill and guard your thoughts and your emotions.