Matthew 26:2 Tough Times Ahead

“As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Matthew 26:2

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples about the end times. He talked about how He will be at the end judging the people. Now He drops another bombshell–He tells them that in just a couple of days He will be handed over to be crucified.

The time of the Passover was a time of great celebration. The people would remember the story of Moses bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. They would remember all the great works God did during that time. It would be a fun time.

Yet, Jesus states that He is going to be handed over to be crucified. Jesus not only states this, He also goes forward.

Very few people could possibly go forward to their death sentence boldly and calmly as Jesus did. Most people would try to go another route or change their plans altogether.

Being crucified is exactly what God wanted to happen to Jesus. It was in the plan from the beginning of time. Jesus knew this and did not try to change the plan.

You may not always know the exact details of what is ahead for you. One thing you may know from Scripture is that in the end times things will get more rough. Standing for Jesus will be tougher.

God may ask you to walk into a situation that will be very rough on you. He may ask you to take a stand for Him against everyone else. You may have to stand alone for God.

Are you ready to stand for God? Are you willing to stand for God?

If God told you that His plans for you next week was to go and get killed, would you be willing to walk that path? Or would you try to go another route?

Jesus walked that path and He did it for you. You need to be willing to do whatever it is God has in store for you. Trust that God knows what is best for you and everyone else around you.

The walk God has you on may (and probably will be) very rough at times. Don’t give up! Keep going with God. He wins in the end.

I pray today that you will walk the path God has for you; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; that God will guide your every step; that God will remove all fear in your heart; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 14:31 Why Doubt

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

This passage is the famous passage about Jesus and Peter walking on the water. Peter was in a boat and saw someone walking on the water that they thought was a ghost. Jesus said not to be afraid and that it was just Himself. Peter states that if it is really Jesus, he wanted Jesus to call him to walk on the water to him. Jesus calls him, and immediately, Peter gets out and starts walking on the water.

As he was walking, Peter sees the waves and gets scared and starts to sink. This is where this verse picks up.

Think about this for a moment. Peter has no fear of getting out of the boat and then is actually walking on water, which is impossible to do for man.

It is only when he sees the waves that he starts to doubt. Up to that point he had faith in Jesus that he could walk on the water. Jesus cannot understand why he started to doubt. Everything was going perfect, why start doubting?

Now think about your own life. You are following Jesus. Everything is going perfect. God is providing for all of your needs. It is easy to believe.

Now, all of a sudden, you see the waves of life starting to rise up: sickness, bills, pain, suffering, death and more. You begin to doubt that Jesus is really in control. You take your eyes off of Jesus and place them on those large waves in life.

At that point you start to doubt and begin to sink. Jesus will ask that same question: why do you doubt?

If Jesus is taking care of you during the good times, don’t you think He will take care of you during the rough times? God does not love you any less during the rough times in life. His love remains the same.

God will care for you through everything in life. Keep your eyes on Jesus at all times in all situations. Trust God through everything. Do not doubt.

I pray today that God will reveal His love to you; that God will reveal how He will care for you; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will not have any doubt in God at all; and that God will reveal His presence with you more and more.