Not in Vain

“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38)

What is your reaction when things don’t turn out the way you expect them to?

That job offer didn’t come.

That pregnancy was a false alarm.

That project didn’t materialize.

That marriage didn’t take place.

Do you worry? Do you doubt? Do you question?

This was the reaction of the disciples in today’s Gospel. When they saw the risen Christ stand before them, instead of rejoicing, they began to question.

You see, they didn’t expect things to turn out the way they did.

The events of the first Holy Week were too fast for them. They were confused. They were emotionally battered and mentally drained.

In the first place, they didn’t expect their master to die. And because of this, they obviously didn’t expect their master to rise from the grave as well.

And so when everything they didn’t expect took place, their reaction was one of doubt and pessimism. That’s why Jesus said to them:

“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38)

My friend, sometimes things will not turn out the way you expect them too. But today, God wants to remind you that He is still in control. That He has not gone AWOL. That He is still present. That everything is still part of His wonderful plan for your life.

That is the message of Easter. About a God who is always in control. About a God who is powerful enough to defeat death and is thus powerful enough to take care of your life. About a God who can be trusted to fulfill His promises in your life but in His own way and in His own time.

Today, I encourage you to stop worrying and start believing. I assure you, your faith will not be in vain.

Happy Easter!

Saved by the Resurrection,

Bobby Q.

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