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Monday, April 25, 2011

Don't Grumble Before Dawn

Yesterday, I heard a great sermon focusing on the symbolic significance of Jesus' resurrection before dawn on the third day (John 20: 1).

I find myself reflecting more on that topic today.  It seems that with God, there is always something new and beautiful planned for the morning, to be revealed dramatically like the rising sun.  The Bible is sprinkled with such stories, from the morning Joseph was summoned after Pharaoh's bad dream, to the manna in the desert that settled with the dew, to the besieging Arameans who abandoned camp when the footsteps of lepers sounded like approaching chariots (Genesis 41; Numbers 11: 7-9; 2 Kings 7: 3-16).  In each situation, God turned what seemed like a hopeless situation into an almost unbelievable surprise.

Don't Be Caught Grumbling Before the Sun Comes Up
Somehow it seems that most of the time, people didn't want to believe how God was going to fix their problems.  They looked at how they would correct it, and overlooked the fact that God doesn't have to operate by their rules.  Even the most vigilant and faithful were asleep when the decisions were being made or the miracle was happening.  And in every situation, God's solution was out-of-the-box creative, like He is.

When the sun comes up, are we going to be caught grumbling?  How strange our words will sound on our lips when we discover we were upset about nothing, and our problems have already been dealt with while we were sleeping.  Can we stay silent and hold on to hope while we wait for God's next creative solution to unfold?  Because it will come.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. (Lamentations 3: 22-24 NIV 2011)