We all have hopes. We all have desires. And if we’re honest, sometimes we hope God’s desires line up with ours, not the other way around. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are declaring that we are willing to trust him with our lives. When life is going as planned, it’s easy to trust God. But when life is not going as planned, it’s often difficult to recognize his goodness. We often ask ourselves, What if he doesn’t come through?
As we turn our attention toward the empty tomb this morning and celebrate our risen Savior, many of us may relate more to the three days of darkness than to the excitement of the first Easter morning. Similar to those who were mourning Jesus’ death after the crucifixion, we are waiting and hoping and wondering if Jesus will fulfill his promise to us. However, in those three days of questions and seeming unfulfilled promises, God was forever overcoming all of our troubles and answering all of our questions once and for all.
When you are in the middle of uncertainty, do you ever wonder, What if he doesn’t . . .? Have you ever thought about how our perspectives could change if we changed “what if” to “even if”? Even if God doesn’t heal me, answer me, help how I think he should, respond when I want him to, etc. Even if God doesn’t _____.” The truth is, he is still good.
That is trust. The empty tomb promises us that there is life and fullness in choosing to trust Jesus. He is the answer to all of our troubles. Christ has already defeated and overcome any situation that we are facing or will face.
Is there something that you are trusting God to show up and do?
Are you able to trust that he is good to fulfill that desire for you?
Do you trust that he is still good in the “even if . . .”?
In this season, let the empty tomb and the promise of Jesus remind us that in the moments of joy and the moments of uncertainty, he is still good. I think the followers of Jesus from that first Easter weekend would say to us today, “God is still writing your story. Don’t let go of trusting him because of what you have yet to see.”
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I . . . I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.” (John 14:28, 13:19)