A day of waiting, a day of rest, Saturday the Jewish Sabbath, the day that Jesus body lay at rest in the tomb, undisturbed and alone. A day his disciples and followers would reflect on the events of Good Friday. Did they weep and mourn, did sadness overwhelm them? This was the day before their understanding would be complete. The day before their joy would overflow. The day before the world changed forever, how did they feel?
THE DAY BEFORE
The day before the sun rose again, the day after you hid your face, so much left to say, reflecting on the day we lost him, contemplating our loss, thinking of his body on the cross, sadness overwhelms, what do all the realms of glory have to say? Victory may be on its way but for today we are silent, we sit in quiet reflection not knowing of the resurrection to come, the wondrous truth to come of an empty tomb, the news that the Lord himself has gone before us to conquer death and sin has not sunk in, we sit and wait, we sit and mourn, remembering his words but not comprehending, it is finished was his cry, not the ending but the beginning, we may be bereft and hurting but tomorrow hearts will be stirring as the wondrous truth sinks in that Jesus Christ is risen, death where is your sting?
One thing I’m not that good at is being patient. So that’s definitely an area I need to work on, I ask God a question and if I don’t feel like I get an immediate response I get frustrated. Yet looking back at the last 18 months there have been so many responses from God, so many answers to prayer I have no doubt whatsoever that he will answer, I just have to learn to be patient and wait on God, more silence from me and more listening.
- Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Saviour; my God will hear me.
- Psalm 40:1 -“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”
- Romans 8:24-25 -“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
- Isaiah 40:31 -“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
- Galatians 6:9 -“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”
- John 13:7 -Jesus replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but someday you will.”
- Romans 12:12- “Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.”
- Psalm 119:114 – You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.
Waiting, anticipating, what will God say today, talking, asking, speaking, praying, what is he saying? Slow down, sit down, take your time, wait patiently for his word, he’s turned to you, he’s heard your cry, he will not deny you, he tells you be patient in times of trouble and never stop praying, so I’m just saying make that prayer multi layered, a time to talk and a time to listen, a time to climb to your watch tower and wait on his power, stay alert God has heard every word, let your hope make you glad for you have space in that place of quiet retreat where you wait for God to speak, for his word to renew, and it’s so true that we don’t understand all that God does now, but we will, on that glorious day when we cast our crowns before his throne we will know and now as we wait for his word we draw on his strength, rise up with wings like eagles, soaring over our issues and worries with an unhurried attitude, God’s got this, he’s in control, with God in the picture our lives are made whole, so don’t lose heart in doing good for the time is coming when you will reap all that you sow, where God’s blessings will overflow.
Waiting to hear God speak can sometimes feel really hard yet other times it’s like I hear from him really easily. I kind of figure this is more down to me than God! It’s like when I take quality time out to spend with God and am not hurried then I can tune into him, because I have given him my time so that I can wait on his voice. Yet when I meet with God and have like 10 minutes then it is rushed and not so effective. So I am not surprised at that because God tells us in so many ways that we should wait on him. But not just wait, wait expectantly, believing that he is going to talk to us.
- Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD
- Psalm 37:7 – Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act
- Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God
- Psalm 65:2 – Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him”
- Psalm 130:5, “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised”
- Habakkuk 2:2 – I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer
- Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Waiting, anticipating, believing that I will hear from you, quietly, patiently, selflessly giving time to be at one with you, I am still, I will hear from you, I wait, my strength is renewed because I believe you when you say you will never leave me, never walk away or close the door in my face, I take heart as I set time apart to spend in silence in our holy space, I place my trust in you, I wait to see what you have to say, how you will answer, I look to you as my anchor, you keep me grounded, my faith grounded in your overpowering love, I raise my eyes to the skies above, covered by the blood of the Lamb, redeemed by the God of Abraham, I am saved no longer enslaved to sin, the day I let you in we connected and I come to you in expectation of two way conversation, I talk, I rest, I listen, I rise up renewed, reconnected, injected with energy to run and not grow weary and to see your plans more clearly.