Tuesday, March 24
His Ways Are Not Our Way
Jesus felt things deeply. He wept at the news of the death of his friend and he is described as being disturbed when he approached the tomb where Lazarus lay. Just like Jesus, we too feel deeply. Despair, fear, hatred, love, grief, disappointment, and doubt are a few of the deep emotions we experience.
Jesus spoke aloud to God at the tomb. “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”
What was he feeling? Was He disturbed by the doubts of those present? Perhaps He wept in response to Mary’s despair at losing her brother? Could it be that He wept because we so often fail to rely on the gift of Jesus? Maybe all of these reasons?
What will it take for us to recognize Jesus for who he is and what he represents? When will we believe that His ways are not our ways and cling to our faith? Even when we are in the throes of emotional turmoil – remember. God hears us and is with us! Even when the world seems cold and offers little evidence of His presence.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please keep my mind focused on Your power. Help me to remember that You grieve when any of us hurt or are troubled. Help me not to give into the power of emotional despair and lose hope, for You are always with me. Remind me that Your ways are not my ways – and that trusting in You is the only path to true peace. Amen.