Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” (Mark 15:29-30)
In the world’s darkest moment – when Jesus hung in misery on the cross – God was still in control. It’s a truth that’s so hard for us to understand sometimes. How can God be both present and real in the midst of such exquisite pain? How that such horror be a part of his plan for redemption?
We all have moments when God seems so distant that we wonder if He even exists. This was one of those times. The disciples had scattered for fear of what might happen to them as a result of their association with Jesus, and the world watched and laughed. “Save yourself!” the crowds teased. And yet it was precisely because Jesus was accomplishing His saving work for us that He didn’t do anything to remove the misery from himself. But the world was not in chaos. God hadn’t abandoned anyone – including His Son.
Take courage today in the knowledge that He was and He still is in control. In our darkest moments, when God seems so far away, the circumstances surrounding us are not outside of His command; in fact, it could be that He’s doing some of His greatest work during the times when He seems most powerless.
Father, help me to trust that You still have the whole world in Your hands. In moments when I’m tempted to believe that I’m a victim of the circumstances around me, let me turn to a deeper trust in You.