We were reading the story of Christ’s death in SS today and discussing various participants. And it became a new level of history for me, because of what’s happened(ing) in Ukraine.
I thought about the soldiers, how they are taught to be cruel and unmerciful. And I felt that in a new way, with all the Ukrainian berkut and others who’ve been systematically trained, not just in war, but in cruelty and torture.
And we talked about Pontius Pilate, and I saw in a new way how clouded politicians see and then make decisions. So many “factors” fuzz their judgment. And how we’ve watched that in Ukraine—politicians confused by their own thinking, by thousands of sinful factors they have to “consider.” And they confer all together in meetings, multiplying this murky input. And seem to go no where.
And myself. A follower of Christ. Will I be tossed about by fear, confusion, grief, shock? Part of these feelings are natural, and actually good to feel. I would worry more about myself if I felt nothing in the face of these enormous happenings in Ukraine. But there is a reassuring, overarching truth that encompasses my reality, that keeps my feet sure in the earthquake of events: The full assurance that God is working all things according to His plan. None of it is surprising to Him. He knows all the news of all the tomorrows. Changing passports doesn’t change our real citizenship or our homeland. In fact, it’s all working together to bring about the glory of Christ on earth. There is a plan. A good plan.
God has recently arrested me with some verses in Romans 4 about Abraham’s faith. The Bible says he believed—though he even “contemplated” how his and Sarah’s bodies were unable to give life, yet he grew strong in his faith, fully assured that what God had promised (to give him an heir), He was able to do. It was this faith that God accounted as his righteousness.
And now, this righteousness is accounted to me also, because I believe in God, who raised Jesus from the dead.
This passage about Abraham has a lot about death in it. Death, belief, and resurrection are a few of the repeated themes.
… My application for this time: From the “deaths” (figurative) occurring in this situation in Ukraine, God can resurrect something more wonderful. Maybe not easier, but better for His purposes.