Hope in God’s Plan

21 But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. ~ Luke 24:21

The disciples’ great hope had died with Jesus. They were living in a hopeless world now. Their focus was on what their eyes could see: The mock trial. The sentencing. The crucifixion. The death. The burial. What went wrong? God, why did You not answer? LORD, You know we’ve been waiting for so long.

This is what went wrong. This is the problem. They only heard what they wanted to hear. They only saw the Jesus that they had conjured up in their own minds. He had told them plainly that He would have to suffer and even die, but no one took that seriously. Because that was not what they wanted or expected. That was not a part of their plan, their agenda, or their vision.

They had shut their ears to the teaching and the promises of Jesus. And instead, they had their own expectation of who the Messiah was, and what He would do, and even how He would do it. But God is not bound by our limited imaginations. God said that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). In other words, God doesn’t work how we expect Him to work. God works according to His perfect and just plans.

If we want to remain encouraged and filled with hope, we have to set aside our plans and cling to the plans of God. His plans are for our good, so we don’t have to worry. We can put our trust in Him. Our hope will never die if our hope is in the LORD God Almighty.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Hope in God’s Plan.

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