It is difficult to have hope when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Yet that is precisely the definition of faith. Chapter 11 of Hebrews goes to great lengths explaining the faithfulness of some of those who went before us. They did not receive their reward in this lifetime. Many suffered terribly at the hands of their persecutors. Yet they kept their eyes fixed upon their hope and endured.
It is in this context that we read “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 The Bible defines faith, as holding onto hope, especially when it does not make sense. It is seeing what others cannot. And we can see because our faith is in Jesus Christ, who is Son of the Living God of all Creation.
As we work through John 13, and the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, we reach the point where Judas leaves to commit the betrayal. The other Disciples are clueless at this time. They speculate that he might have gone to buy provisions for the feast or give to the poor. The truth is, they did not have the slightest idea of what was transpiring.
In a few short hours, Jesus would be arrested and the Disciples would be scattered, fearing for their own lives. We are told in John 13:30, that it was night. In the Gospel of John, ‘night’ and ‘darkness’ are code words for time and place where darkness and evil are at work. On that particular night, all this world’s evil was being mustered to do away with the Son of God. To destroy Jesus would in Satan’s mind at that time be the great moment of eternal victory. It was a day in which no one could see any hope. Little did they understand, that in the coming days, the Son of God would conquer sin and death and would bring salvation to a lost and perishing world.
As the Scriptures declare, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Though the light is hidden from our eyes, our God is above and beyond the reaches or influence of evil. Our God has a way. So therefore we walk by faith and not by sight. We believe when faith makes no sense.
Often our lives take us down paths that seem dark and foreboding. Evil seems to relentlessly pursue us and it seems that hope is cut off at every turn. Our hope at these times is not in a pleasant outcome. We may very well perish. Yet even if that be so, does it matter? Are we not citizens of Heaven? Is not Heaven our Home? It is for this reason that we keep our eyes firmly fixed upon Jesus.
Should we be delivered and often we are, it is to the glory of God, that we can testify to this. God can and often does overcome evil in our circumstances. Our victory, our deliverance is for the sake of the Kingdom of God. God’s mercy to us, is designed to convince others of His love, faithfulness, and His ability to save.
In life’s darkest moments, rest assured that God is allowing this so that He can wonderfully demonstrate His love and salvation.