It's all too much.

Discouraged much?

I asked this question last week, trying to process through a season of darkness.  It seems as if this question reveals itself over and over again, and I was surprised to discover this question repeating itself in the pages of Scripture.

Let me ask you, how many people lived to see their dreams realized?

Did Moses enter into the Promised Land?  

Did David ever see the construction of a temple?  

Did Abraham ever see his descendants flourish?  

It is true, there are stories where Joshua leads the people of Israel into the Promised Land.  We do read that Solomon, David’s son, builds the temple too, and that even an elder of Israel, Simeon, sees Jesus before he dies.  But for every great story of great triumph, there are so many stories of seeming defeat.  For every conquering hero, there is a story that ends with hope among the shadows.

One thing that I’ve discovered is that not every road leads to immediate glory.  Not every road leads into the promised land this side of glory.  Some roads lead into chaos, while others lead through sorrow.  

Don’t believe me?  Look no further than the road Jesus took.

Even the road the Son of God travelled on went through capital punishment and shame.  For the Son of Man, the cold grip of abandonment and shame appeared before the glorious, earth shaking event of the Resurrection.

I take great comfort in the knowledge that seeds sown in tears will be reaped with joy.  For as the Son of Man was vindicated on Easter morning, so too will the follower of Jesus be vindicated at the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

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