The Gospel shows us the humanity of Jesus, such that the Jewish leaders said It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blaspheming because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God. The people recognized the humanity of Jesus. Sadly, they cannot recognize his divinity, or at least his unity with the Father. Jesus tells them if they do not want to believe what he said, they should believe his works, so you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. The works of Jesus prove he is in the Father and the Father is in him. When confronted with resistance, Jesus did not back down on the Truth. He did not change what he said to please the ones who hear him. When they tried to arrest Jesus, he escaped from their hands.
Jeremiah also experienced uncomfortable and dangerous situations. People mocked him, he became the laughingstock of people. People plotted evil against him. Yet, he would not back down from doing what God wants him to do. He said But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, for they will not succeed. And in spite of the persecutions, Jeremiah tells the Lord sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.
When we are confronted with difficulties and persecution, we do not back down from speaking the truth nor doing God’s will. We hold fast, trusting God will intervene. The Psalm today says In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice. We trust God to defend us when we do what is right.
Many saints and martyrs suffered persecution for doing what is right. Yet, they continued to trust in God, that even if they died, God will raise them up. Difficulties do not need to be limited to persecution. It could be difficulties or the worries of life. When we are confronted with things that resist us, when we have done everything we can and nothing seems to work, then we turn to the Lord in trust and let him do what he wants to do.
How can we be sure that God can be trusted to help us? We look at our past and see how God worked in our lives. Jesus said believe in my works. The things God did in our past will give us confidence to trust him.
God will lead us through difficulties. God will rescue us and he will give us victory when we trust him.
Lord, through difficult times, I ask you to come to me and help me. Be my strength so I may do your will and give glory to you.