On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. —Luke 24:1-8

            Then they remembered His Words…  When was the “then” that they remembered His Words back “when” He had said them?  It was only after being reminded by the two angels.

            There are times of difficulty, tragic times when we have to be reminded of what was previously said by our Lord God Almighty.  In this case there was hopelessness among the disciples.  They were locked away, fearing for their own lives.  Even when they were told that Jesus had risen from the dead they would not believe.  “But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense” (Luke 24:11).  Nonsense!  They had seen Him die!  They “had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21).  But He was dead!  The end… hopelessness…

            But then two disciples reported that “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.  Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread” (Luke 24:34-35).  Then they all saw Jesus except for Thomas and then Jesus appeared to the eleven again when Thomas was present and “Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29).  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!  That would be us!

            Do we have to see something before we can believe?  Are we in need of being reminded of something that was said by God preveiously to have belief in the current situation… as hard as it may be?  Oh, let us trust God’s Word fully regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.  He is always faithful.  He is always working out His plans and purposes.  He is always good.  We may not understand all the difficulty that is going on around us or in our own lives, but we can trust Him fully… as hard as it may be.  Let us rely on His Word and not on circumstances.

Yes, my Dear Father, may I trust You fully when my heart is broken, when the tears fall and when I do not understand.  I am so grateful that You can be fully trusted at any time and in any situation and may I do so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, may this be so.

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