“But God works in surprising ways, and sometimes he demonstrates his love by delay.” D.A. Carson, Scandalous (p. 121)
Whenever I read of the days between the death of our Lord and His resurrection, I find it easy to understand the weariness and disappointment in the hearts of the disciples. How many times we have been there, between the promise and the fulfillment of it? The waiting, the days in between, when heaven seems closed and we just don’t know where to turn because all the roads seem closed and all hopes appear to lie dead behind huge rocks. In those days of waiting we must not despair as if we didn’t know that our Lord lives, that His promise to conquer death and sin was fulfilled on an Easter Morning.
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Sometimes our good Father surprises us with situations that we have been praying for: the job we asked for, the marriage we dreamed about, the children we asked for after years of waiting, the announcement that the adoption papers were finally ready, the scholarship for college, etc. But many other times He, our good Father, surprises us with the most unexpected circumstances: the death of one of our children, a sickness, a “no” to one of our prayers, a divorce, suffering. But no matter how God “surprises us,” we must never forget that He is a good Father, and He always gives us what our soul needs the most.
D.A. Carson writes in his book Scandalous,
“This is a truth not to be passed over lightly: God often surprises us; he is not to be domesticated by reductionistic theology; he takes the common things and turns them into surprising things. That is why large swaths of the Bible are written with various kinds of twist: you think you know where the words are going, and then the text jumps in another direction. Could anyone have predicted how the story of Job would turn out? Or how Habakkuk would turn out?”
I don’t know the twists that my story, or my children’s story will have. How many things that I am “sure” will happen in a certain way will turn out differently? I don’t know. But it is so incredibly comforting to know that my Father in Heaven is good, perfectly good and He has promised that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord, for those who have been called according to His purpose.
We don’t know the words in each one of the chapters of our lives, but we sure know the ending:
“And they lived happily ever after in the arms of their Heavenly Father and sin and death were no more.”
Resting under God’s Sovereign hand,
What a great book Jessalyn chose this month for the book club at Desiring Virtue. I don’t want to put it down!
Here is a good quote that got me thinking…
“We live in an age where the one wrong thing to say is that somebody else is wrong. One of the impacts of postmodern epistemology is that we all have our own independent points of view, and we look at things from the perspective of our own small interpretive communities. What is sin to one group is not sin to another group. But not only does the Bible insist that there is such a thing as sin, it insists that the heart of its ugly offensiveness is its horrible odiousness to God—how it offends God.”
And this other one is powerful too:
“The cross spectacularly displays God’s love, but it also displays God’s wrath against sin; it massively underscores God’s condemnation of sin…We are all guilty before God, and the cross is our only hope.”
Maybe you would like to join us at the book club this month as we dig deeper into the powerful message of the Cross and the Resurrection of our Lord. We would love to see you there.
Under His sun and by His grace,