Friday, March 29, 2013

"Understanding Victory"

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." John 19:30
We are getting ready to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is said that hindsight is 20/20. On this side of the cross we have a clear understanding that what was done was the greatest act of love and complete victory. But to those who were there it looked like defeat. As they watched the events of that evening unfold, as they saw their Jesus being arrested, tried, convicted and crucified all they could see were their hopes and dreams being destroyed. 
When we are going through times of great testing, we tend to be more like those disciples. We don't view the situation as something good. We can't see how anything good can come out of what we are going through. It looks hopeless. It often looks like defeat. But may I remind you that even in the darkest time, even when all hope seems lost, even when you don't understand why, God hasn't left, He is watching over the situation, and He is still in control. 
The situations that look like darkness, He can bring light from. What looks like death, He can bring forth life. What looks like defeat, He can bring forth victory from--- the cross and the empty tomb are a testimony to that. 
Don't look at your situation as "defeat", trust that God somehow, someway, is working all things together for your good. Even if you don't see any good in it, and even if you don't understand it now, perhaps you may never understand it all this side of heaven, but like the old song says, "We'll understand it better by and by". 
Have a great day. Even though we may not understand what looks like defeat, God is still working to bring victory. 
For further reading:
Romans 8:28
Genesis 45:1-8
"We'll Understand It Better By And By"

Trials dark on every hand and we cannot understand.
All the ways God will lead us
To the blessed promised land.
He will guide us with his eye,
And we'll follow till we die,
And we'll understand him better by and by.
By and by, when the morning comes.
When the saints of God are gathered home,
We'll tell the story how we've overcome,
For we'll understand it better by and by.
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