Friday, December 3, 2010

Promises of God

"but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place."

Luke 24:21

In Luke chapter 24 verses 13 through 32 we have the story commonly called, The Road to Emmaus. Two disciples were going to Emmaus and as they walked they discussed all that had happened the days before when Jesus was crucified and buried. Then that morning they received the report from Mary Magdalene and others saying they had found the stone rolled away from the tomb and the Lord's body gone and an angel saying that Jesus had risen from the dead.
As they walked and discussed these things the Bible says that Jesus himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him.

It is interesting to note that as they talked with Jesus, even though they did not know it was Him, they confessed their doubt as to the promises that they had received from the Lord before He was crucified.
The promises that He would be crucified at the hands of the Gentiles and on the third day rise from the dead. Jesus reprimands these disciples for being foolish in doubting and slow to believe the promises that were spoken in the Old Testament concerning the Messiah.

I believe that many times we are like these two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. God has given us countless promises in His Word, specific promises that He has spoken to our hearts and because we don't see them fulfilled right away we begin to doubt and say within, "Well, time has passed, and I still don't see it. I had hoped that it was true but maybe..."

Jesus reprimands the disciples for doubting and for being slow to believe.

Let us hold onto the promises of God, let us not doubt, if He has spoken something to you hold on and believe because when the time comes he will fulfill it.

Lord Jesus I thank You for Your Word and the promises You have given us from Your Word. I pray that we will not doubt but believe and I pray that You will open our minds and hearts to trust and understand. Give us strength in the time of waiting. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.

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