I have been there. In a season, where every day feels like Good Friday. Filled with despair, suffering, tears.
Why God? Why this way? Why their death? Why this job?
No answers come, only more silence and more suffering. I am left at in a puddle at His feet.
Wondering, Waiting…when Lord?
It seemed like it was over. This is it. The darkness has won and I am defeated.
It is finished.
It is finished!
It is finished?
We grieve, we cry out, we remember that in “ a little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me…Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.” (John 16: 16, 20)
It is finished, but this isn’t how the story ends. No, Good Friday is just the beginning for Him and for us.
Suffering is a means of sanctification. We need our Good Fridays for Resurrection Sunday to come.
Despite how it feels today on Good Friday, God is working below the surface to breathe life into what we once thought was dead. Sunday is coming. Weeping will be turned to dancing. Sorrow will be turned into joy. Something beautiful will rise from these ashes. The Savior will come.
Why the cross?
For Your glory and Your great love.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus prayed, “ I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” John 17:4-5
Why this cross?
For Your glory and my good…that I may know and believe Him.
“We were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.” 2 Corinthians 1: 9-10
We grieve through the Good Fridays of our lives, but just hold on because Resurrection Sunday is coming. We will be reminded of His strength and what once we thought dead will be raised.