Can you imagine what it was like for the disciples that Saturday? They’d heard Jesus say something about “three days.” Did they fully understand what He had meant? Or were they just too despondent to remember His words? His opponents remembered.
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. (Matthew 27:62-66)
What are you waiting for?
You already know the rest of the story. You know exactly what Jesus meant. And you know He did exactly what He said He would do. He always does.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
So why do we listen to unsolicited input from the father of lies?
I was watching a romantic movie the other evening. (You know how I am, right?)
About a young couple, deeply in love with one another. She had just been accepted into medical school in another city. And they talked about how they were going to manage. He was very excited for her. Totally on her side. Plans were underway.
But her father – totally unbeknownst to her, of course – took her beau aside for a little talk one day. He said he was “holding her back.” And that, if he loved her and wanted what was best for her, he should walk out of her life. That he was no good for her.
And the poor dude fell for it!
Her heart was broken. Her spirit crushed.
She couldn’t understand what had happened.
If only he’d checked in with her about what she wanted – and needed.
Does their story sound familiar?
Has The Lord given you a woman to love? One created just for you. The perfect partner. Not perfect in the sense of being without fault, of course. But perfect in that she matches you so well. That she has a talent for bringing out the very best in you.
And has the father of lies taken you aside for a little talk?
whispered to your soul that you’re no good for her?
convinced you that you’ll only mess it up for her?
[callout]But what if – like the couple in the movie – the exact opposite is true?
What if you’re both the Absolute Best for one another?
What if you’re both a Heavenly Gift from Your Creator?[/callout]
Where did you get your mindset?
Over the past few years, I’ve worked with quite a few people who’ve struggled with what to do about a relationship. The wisdom of psychology – to give up, to walk away – made “logical sense” to them. But something just didn’t set right in their spirit.
[callout]Instead they sought The Lord.[/callout]
Some were required to let go.
To respect their partner’s free will.
As for the others? The Lord seemed to be telling them to keep praying. To keep believing. Because the enemy’s lies were about to be exposed. And Truth indeed prevailed. For the good of everyone – as well as for the Glory of God. How cool is that?
Yes, we have the mind of Christ …
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” —
the things God has prepared for those who love Him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct Him?”
So what are you waiting for?
Life is short. And you already know you can trust Him.
The Holy Spirit is speaking to your spirit about what you both need and want.
And He will tell your heart what He want’s you to do next.
Just listen. And be amazed by His Grace.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:5-7)