God gives us faith and strength
“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” – John 16:23-28
“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 31-33
Through the mouth of one of his characters, Jonathan Swift, in his 1738 book “Polite Conversation: In Three Dialogues”, made famous the saying: “Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.”
These seem to be words we live by in our world today, especially our politicians.
We humans make promise, sometimes with good intentions, however, as time passes, we find a reason not to keep those promises. Some people make promises even though they are fully aware that they will not be kept.
Jesus’ disciples once made a promise to him. They had promised that they would die with him if necessary. Yet at the crucial moment, they did not keep their promise. Instead, they abandoned him.
At the time when the disciples made that promise to Jesus, they had every intention of keeping it. However, the prevailing circumstances made it difficult for them to go through with it.
We renege on our promises for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes it is beyond our ability to keep them, while at other times, when circumstances are not to our liking, we renege and abandon ship.
Someone once said, “Mankind makes promises. God keeps promises.” Only God stands by his promises. Circumstances do not cause him to change his mind and abandon us.
Jesus was aware that his disciples would all leave him in his most desperate moment, yet he was tender with them. He did not accuse or belittle them.
During Jesus’ most crucial moment upon the cross, he placed his trust and hopes in God the Father. Even though we have to trust the people with whom we live and work and with whom we do business, our ultimate trust should be in God.
God will never disappoint or leave us. It does not matter what the circumstances are, he will be there throughout our moments of crisis and even beyond.
His word is not like ours, which is only a word of convenience. God’s word stands firm in good and in bad times. He is with us always, especially in times of crisis.
When we trust in God, he gives us peace in Christ Jesus. It is true, we will have our setbacks, and our moments of troubles, notwithstanding this, God will be right there with us.
He gives us the faith and the strength to bear up in our difficult moments. Therefore, when we trust in God, we will overcome. Yes, we will overcome because Jesus has fought the battle for us. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau,119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; telephone 426-9084; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or website www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.