Luke 23:46

Jesus called loudly, “Father, I place my life into your hands!”  Then he breathed his last.  (Luke 23:46, The Message)

After all that He had suffered and knowing death was imminent, Jesus still trusted the Father.

Though He surrendered Himself to death, He first surrendered Himself to God.

We will never endure suffering of the same magnitude as Jesus.  But He was clear beforehand that we would have trouble and pain in this world (John 16:33).  It is unavoidable.

And Jesus set us an example, that we would endure it in the same way He did – by placing our lives in God’s hands.

If God would willingly submit Himself to undeniable suffering and death, then why do we withhold our trust from Him?

If the cross teaches us anything about God, it is that He can be trusted.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  (Romans 8:32)

As I have heard Beth Moore say on more than one occasion, trusting God does not consist of believing He won’t let our worst fears come to fruition.  It consists of trusting God, even though they do. 

Even though He calls us to the cross.

Every day He bids us come and die. 

With outstretched arms, Jesus hung on a cross, defenseless and vulnerable to man.

But He was safe in the Father’s hands.