9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are often faced with questions from new believers or seekers such as “what is different about your life after you become a christian”? Often we heard things like “I did not have a visa then I prayed. I got a visa” or ” I did not have a job. After I believe in Jesus, I have a job”. That is not completely true, isn’t it? The fact that John the baptist was beheaded tells us it is not always the case we Christians live a “super smooth and worry-free” life.
Then what is the change? I think the true change can be found in the two verses above: a mind filled with peace and hope that brought by the spirit that resurrected Jesus. It is the peace and hope that one has even when he or she faces death. This change can only occur when one puts hope in Jesus.
Before Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death, he said a little short prayer and willingly accept it. The physician who was with him said during his fifty years staying in the concentration camp, he has never seen anybody so willingly submit to God’s will. What we are facing now, such as uncertainly of job situation, is nothing compared to what happened to Bonhoeffer, but I think it is precious opportunities to train ourselves to trust Him and have hope in Him, regardless of our situation.