When treasures collapse

How do we react when our view of the world is shown to be false? One of my views was shaken recently and I went into shock. I see this same response in the disciples when Jesus explains –

“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.”

Mark 9:31 NLT

This is so far from the disciples’ expectation they can’t cope.

They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.

Mark 9:32 NLT

Rather than responding with courage and faith, asking Jesus what he meant, they retreated into the false hope of pretending – Maybe Jesus didn’t really meant that.

Yet Jesus did mean it. If the disciples had been able to handle this challenge with faith and accept their view of God’s plan being trashed, they might have been able to take hold of the real hope that was offered –

“… but three days later he will rise from the dead.”

In our topsy turvy world we are seeing God shake one pillar of society after another. Only by standing with him in peace and asking him what he means by it will we stand while all we have treasured collapses. If we are able to let go of these treasures, we will be there to see glory!

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