“The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant and Son Jesus [doing Him this honor], the One whom you handed over and disowned and rejected before Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned and denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you. But you killed the Prince (Author, Originator, Source) of life, whom God raised [bodily] from the dead. To this [fact] we are witnesses [for we have seen the risen Christ]. Acts 3:13-15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” Galatians 6:9
Out of nowhere one day, my daughter asked me, “Mommy, will there be the word ‘no’ in heaven?” I was moved by her question. What a profound thought! Will there be any need for a “no” in heaven? Will every answer be yes?
This morning maybe you find yourself in a “no” season? Have you tirelessly prayed only to continue waiting? Have you worked and worked with pure intentions, toward admirable goals, only to hit the seemingly immovable wall of no? Have you repeatedly looked for direction from the Lord only to find yourself feeling like you’ve been left alone in a dry desert season?
We typically think of the resurrection story during Easter time, but it’s encouragement we should meditate on all year long. Today, maybe you feel a bit like the Saturday between Good Friday and resurrection Sunday. If so, I pray you’ll be encouraged by the Saints who’ve gone before us. After Christ’s death those who loved him most were absolutely undone with dismay. They could not understand how they’d so gravely misunderstood. They were wrestling through what appeared to be the hugest “no” of their lives. Until, that is, the stone rolled away and the unseen became the understood. The unimaginable became indescribable hope and glory. Today, if your hope is suffocating in a sea of no’s that threaten to drown your faith, be encouraged. You simply don’t know what 24-hours can do to alter your destiny. Your Sunday is coming. This side of heaven we will encounter seasons of waiting, but the Giver of every “yes” is walking with you. He is for you. He has not forgotten you. May the Lord himself shower you with a renewed sense of hope and purpose today. May He pour out His spirit upon you with fresh grace to wait well, trust deeply, and continue to pray with hopeful expectation.