April 11, 2017

Easter Includes Promises

Easter is often associated with promises. I concur that Easter shows a completed circle. Deferred requests leading to specific answers. The end of pain and the beginning of healing. Brokenness replaced with wholeness. Death first. . . then newness of life.

The end of the God story reveals this: And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” - Revelation 21:5
But do we take God at His Word on this? How do we handle the gap in time between a spoken promise of God and the actual receiving of the promise? Yes, attitude matters. Yes, patience matters. But I never want to lose sight of the prize. God is planning bigger and better than we realize. His plan has two parts: His Word of Promise and the Receiving of that Promise. Let's not miss either part. We lean in to hear him speak.

We pray things like this:
Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.  -Psalm 4:6

His Spirit confirms that we are on the right path.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. -Proverbs 16:9
We will not boast about our great wait-itude or feign humility and possibly miss seeing God do something great for us and through us. 

Read this power promise found in 2 Corinthians 2:9-10:
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—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

I am so glad that Easter includes promises. I am so glad that we are not being tested and teased by our Father simply to prop up our faith. The process definitely includes patience, but God is not sending us through a spiritual obstacle course. The Resurrection is real. His answers and provision are real. His promises are real. They really become reality in our everyday real life when He speaks them over us.

Abandoned titles for this post include:
Easter Includes Patience  
Stop quoting Jeremiah 29:11 when I am hurting
Jesus died, and now the disciples are really confused.

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