It may look like the end, but it may just be the start of something else. It may be the dusk before the dawn. It may be the shake up before the breakthrough. You might be just at the brink of a breakthrough. It is darkest before the dawn. It’s the bumpiest right before you breakthrough the sound barrier.
So don’t give up!
Hang on! And press forward for the glory of God!
Today’s reading speaks of such a time when people may have felt lost or down…but we know the rest of the story now…
The Death of Jesus
(Matthew 27.45-56; Mark 15.33-41; John 19.28-30)
44-45It was about twelve o’clock when the sun stopped shining and darkness covered the whole country until three o’clock; and the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two. 46Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died. 47The army officer saw what had happened, and he praised God, saying, “Certainly he was a good man!” 48When the people who had gathered there to watch the spectacle saw what happened, they all went back home, beating their breasts in sorrow. 49All those who knew Jesus personally, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance to watch. –from Luke 23
Many were feeling down. Many thought it was over. Many thought it was finished. But that wasn’t the end of the story, it was the end before the new beginning, the resurrection would come next and change the world forever! So don’t lose hope, have faith to believe what God has said and what He has promised! Look at yourself through Jesus’ eyes. Who does God say you are? We need to walk by faith and not by sight! Today’s reading continues with…
1To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. 2It was by their faith that people of ancient times won God’s approval. 3It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God’s word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen. 4It was faith that made Abel offer to God a better sacrifice than Cain’s. Through his faith he won God’s approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts. By means of his faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. 5It was faith that kept Enoch from dying. Instead, he was taken up to God, and nobody could find him, because God had taken him up. The scripture says that before Enoch was taken up, he had pleased God. 6No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him. 7It was faith that made Noah hear God’s warnings about things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a boat in which he and his family were saved. As a result, the world was condemned, and Noah received from God the righteousness that comes by faith. 8It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going. 9By faith he lived as a foreigner in the country that God had promised him. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who received the same promise from God. 10For Abraham was waiting for the city which God has designed and built, the city with permanent foundations. 11It was faith that made Abraham able to become a father, even though he was too old and Sarah herself could not have children. He trusted God to keep his promise. 12Though Abraham was practically dead, from this one man came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky, as many as the numberless grains of sand on the seashore. 13It was in faith that all these persons died. They did not receive the things God had promised, but from a long way off they saw them and welcomed them, and admitted openly that they were foreigners and refugees on earth. 14Those who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own. 15They did not keep thinking about the country they had left; if they had, they would have had the chance to return. 16Instead, it was a better country they longed for, the heavenly country. And so God is not ashamed for them to call him their God, because he has prepared a city for them. –from Luke 11
Consider the power of faith! Faith is the power to not give up! Faith is what allows us to move forward even when we don’t know where we are going! Faith is what gets us back up when we have been knocked down! Faith in God is what will keep us on track! Put your hope and trust … aka FAITH … in God!
Not sure what to do today? Turn to God’s Word and ask Him for wisdom for He gives it liberally and without finding fault!
Today’s reading continues into the book of wisdom with the following…
15A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip on a rainy day. 16How can you keep her quiet? Have you ever tried to stop the wind or ever tried to hold a handful of oil? 17People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron. 18Take care of a fig tree and you will have figs to eat. Servants who take care of their master will be honored. 19It is your own face that you see reflected in the water and it is your own self that you see in your heart. 20Human desires are like the world of the dead—there is always room for more. 21Fire tests gold and silver; a person’s reputation can also be tested. 22Even if you beat fools half to death, you still can’t beat their foolishness out of them. 23Look after your sheep and cattle as carefully as you can, 24because wealth is not permanent. Not even nations last forever. 25You cut the hay and then cut the grass on the hillsides while the next crop of hay is growing. 26You can make clothes from the wool of your sheep and buy land with the money you get from selling some of your goats. 27The rest of the goats will provide milk for you and your family, and for your servant women as well.
–from Proverbs 27