Would you trust Leonardo da Vinci to paint your portrait? Abraham Lincoln to write a speech for you? Mother Teresa to feed you if you were starving? Most rational people would answer “yes” to all three. We appreciate excellence when we see it. We want the best.
If you wanted to overcome tribulation and death, whom would you trust? You would turn to someone who has proven His healing and resurrection power and goodness to others. You would want the God who has done this before.
Paul tells us how to view our own resurrection. It’s in the hands of the same God who resurrected Jesus. If we ever lose heart about the prospects of eternal life, we need only remember that God has a perfect resume. The power that raised Jesus from the dead has been birthed within us. When we need an expert to do the job that concerns us most–and every one of us will–then we know where to turn. The artistry of the resurrection masterpiece is available to commoners like us.
This verse of Scripture draws us out of current difficulties and into the ultimate Kingdom. It doesn’t promise immediate deliverance from everything that concerns us, but it does deliver us from an obsession with temporal trials to a faith in everlasting fulfillment in Christ. Whenever we get discouraged about today’s predicaments, we need, like Paul, to lift our eyes to a higher view of them.
That takes practice. It doesn’t come naturally. We have to train ourselves to see things from a heavenly point of view rather than from ground level. God will help us. It’s His desire to encourage us, and He urges a mental transformation that keeps our thoughts on things above. If you ask, God will give you His perspective on things. An He’ll remind you of His rather impressive resume. I have to remind myself that it is not my trust that keeps me, but the God in whom I trust who keeps me.