Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed… (Matt 27:1).
It was early in the morning when it seemed as though Jesus’ fate was set. His death was imminent as those who held evil in their hearts planned to have Him done away with. Yet, death did not have the last word, because although evil is a sure reality in our world, God still sits on the throne. He is in the business of bringing resurrection from our pain. He takes our most broken situations and if we’re willing to lift our heads and believe Him for good things we will experience His resurrection.
Do not fret when it seems as though evil is winning out around you. Rejoice that God is in control of any and every situation. Never believe the lie that says nothing will ever change. These people will always be this way or this will just be my lot in life. No, live instead in light of God’s resurrection power. This is the area where our unbelief and faith collide. There at the cross, where we must die to what we thought was right for our life, and trust God for our resurrection.
I know what you’re thinking, but it all feels so unfair. It all feels so wrong, but beloved, remember, you can’t see the whole picture. God is always doing something mighty, He simply asks us to practice faith. Sometimes I think we do not see the miracles of God because we hold onto our unbelief, silencing the voice of God who is trying to speak victory into our life.
I know I’m quick to look at those things around me God hasn’t done instead of all that He has done for me. I’m quick to live in the grave, instead of rejoicing in the greatness of God in His resurrection power. Yes, resurrection to a new place, where life isn’t exactly what I would want it to be, but where my heart is content and happy knowing that God is greater than my unbelief and limited perspective on life.
Lord, you are so good. Why would I ever doubt your love? It’s because I’m impatient. It’s because sometimes I think I know better. Lord, forgive me for my foolishness. I want to be like you. Please, make me more like you, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.