Trust in Trials
It is hard for us North American Christians today to imagine the experience of those early Christians living when the Gospel of Mark was written. They were facing a level of hostility and persecution we just cannot understand. There were times in which there was a very real possibility that a believer might be dragged in front of a court or a mob of angry people to explain what it was they believed. And the dangers and consequences were very real, even at times life and death. In this passage Jesus is telling them that when we face this situation, they should trust that the Holy Spirit would give them the words to say. That God would give them what they needed to remain faithful. Could we trust in God that much?
As daunting as this hypothetical situation may seem, I find the less dramatic situation most of us finds ourselves in to be just as hard of a call. In our lives we face all kinds of problems, setbacks, and burdens that can weigh us down. I think this is a call to us to place our trust in God and trust that the Holy Spirit will give us whatever we need to face whatever we are facing. On this last Monday of Lent before Holy Week: can we trust in God even during our trials? Can You trust in God? Can I trust in God?
Pray: Dear Jesus, we thank you that you suffered for us and in so doing can empathize with us in our everyday trials and tribulations. As we face these difficulties, we pray that you would help us lean on the Holy Spirit that you have given us. We ask this in your name. Amen.
Steve Merrin is the pastor of 1st United Presbyterian Church, PC(U.S.A.) in Bellefontaine, Ohio
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