But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” And they remembered His words. Luke 24:2-8
No it’s not Easter and yes there’s a reason for this message. What I want to point out in this is that regardless of how many times we hear a promise or a word from the Lord, it is easy to forget. Why? Because we can’t see it, we hear but don’t hear, it’s just not relevant to our circumstance…..yet.
That’s how it was when Jesus first spoke these words. Everyone around heard him, they just didn’t understand what he meant by it. Jesus was notorious for speaking in parables, so I think they just thought it was another one of those stories. They probably thought to ask him later but there was so many other things that they let it go. Sometimes in the speaking, it’s merely a declaration of things to come.
Here’s something important to remember; God always has purpose for everything spoken. His Word always does what it was sent to do, just not when we think it should be done.
Approximately 5 years ago, our then pastor stood by me, grabbed my hand and said to me, “Every Word! Every Word spoken will come to pass! Every Word!” He kept saying it over and over with such force, so much power coursing through his hand to mine, I still feel it. Has every word happened? Not yet. But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt it will.
It had nothing to do with the man who delivered the message. He was just a method to deliver that word to me. But I won’t forget that Word or the powerful impact it had on me. Each time I think of a promise, I remember. Each time I look at something not completed, I remember. Each time I’m discouraged and want to give up hope, I remember.
I don’t pretend to know Gods plans or understand His methods, but I do know He is God. Omnipotent. The Great King has a plan that my mind can’t understand and my intellect can’t figure out. It’s ok! I know who’s in charge and I trust that my very small part has significance. I will trust Him while I remember.
When things look bleak-remember to place your hope in Him for He will never fail you.. When the pain is great-remember, He is the great Healer. When the needs are great-remember, He is the great Provider. When the river is a mere trickle-remember the rain is coming. He will bring water to a dry and thirsty land.
Thank You Father for this reminder to remember. I will watch as You draw the curtains aside so the sun shines through. I will crawl up into Your lap and warm myself in Your presence because You are mine and I am Yours. It’s in Jesus’ name. Amen