th (6)Do you ever read a story in scripture and have something jump out at you that you didn’t notice before? You find yourself wondering if God just slipped it in there since the last time you read it. Easter Sunday our pastor read Luke 24:1-12.

It’s quite possible your pastor preached from the same text.  Tom Tanner, senior pastor of Riverstone Church, preached a great message and I’d encourage you to check it out here.  However, the verse that jumped out at me was not something he highlighted in his sermon.  It was verse 6,

He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee:”

The women were disappointed when they found the tomb empty, because they had forgotten what Jesus told them. He told them He would die and in three days rise from the dead [John 2:19]. They were so focused on their circumstances, the way things appeared, they failed to remember what He had promised; therefore, they didn’t trust in it.

My question for you is simple… What has Jesus told you? Has He promised you something? Have you sought His direction in an area of life and don’t see things panning out like you’d thought? Have you forgotten what He told you?

I can honestly say, I’m in a season where my circumstances don’t really line up with what He told me would happen.  Just last week, I read something that gave me the swift kick in the rear-end necessary to remind me:

My circumstances don’t dictate my

destiny.  God does!

This is what I read,

Never try to get out of a dark place except in God’s timing and in His way.  A time of trouble and darkness is meant to teach you lessons you desperately need. Premature deliverance may circumvent God’s work of grace in your life.  Commit the entire situation to Him, and be willing to abide in darkness knowing He is present.”

When we trust completely in who Jesus is and what He tells us, we can live boldly, even in times of uncertainty, trouble or darkness.

I pray I will remember what He told me and hang onto it, no matter what my circumstances may be telling me.  What about you?