There are indeed those moments in life where you look at the present undeniable situation and think to yourself there is no hope. But that is Saturday, before Easter morning comes. When Jesus rose from the dead he secured for us an eternal hope. I want to challenge you this morning to look past the temporary setbacks you experience in life and look to God's sovereignty, and the eternal and big picture hope that is offered to us and to all the world through Christ, and find joy and endurance for today.
Jesus' female disciples seemed to have better encouragement in this passage than his male disciples, who seemed pretty skeptical. Maybe you are a more skeptical or a pessimistic person by nature..."realistic" is what you like to call yourself...others have false hope in the wrong things, but when we are banking on Jesus and God's work in this world for His own glory, we can always be sure that His plan will prevail! No, not everyone is going to be saved, that is not God's plan. He never promises that your aunt will be healed or that you neighbor will be saved...what he does promise is for His own glorious will to be carried out, and in that we rejoice. And in that, the work of God (including raising Jesus from the dead) we find ETERNAL HOPE!
In Prayer Today:
Make it a moment of surrender by saying as Jesus did in the garden, "Not my will, but yours be done." Amen.