This is day 20 of our 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion. The first day was on Sunday, March 26th and we will celebrate on the last day, Easter Sunday, April 16th.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today is Good Friday. The day we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. I can’t imagine any true follower of God was hopeful that day. God clearly spoke through word, signs, and wonders about the kingdom that was coming and yet he was murdered before anyone could see it come to pass. That had to hurt.
Dejected, many of the disciples went back to their pre-Christ lives.
Doesn’t that still happen today? We thought God was going to do something and when it doesn’t work out the way we thought it would we go back to the place we were before we believed. We start constructing limits on what God will do in our lives and try not to hope beyond those expectations. On the inside we begin to die and we wonder why life is so unhappy.
That has to hurt.
Paul prayed that we would abound in hope, that is, we would have such an abundance of hope in our lives that it would literally spill over like a glass filled to high. He prayed that this hope would come from Holy Spirit giving us a complete peace and happiness because of our faith.
That has to help.
Disappointment is both a sickness and an anesthetic. It harms our emotions and it inoculates us from trying for better. It is a double edged tool of the enemy to keep you from God and his best.
You won’t let that happen.
No, you belong to the God of hope and you freely welcome his Spirit to come and do such a work in you that you believe his words, even when he is hanging from a cross.
Do you have any impossible situations in your life? Are they more impossible than a man who is nailed to a cross becoming King of Kings? That’s impossible . . . for man. But it is exactly where God shines.
Pray in the Spirit today. Seriously go in. Speak to every impossible situation God has placed in your heart and let it know about your God of the impossible. As your faith grows, watch hope rise.