Forgetting God's Promises
Read: Judges 8:18-9:21 & Luke 23:44-24:12 & Psalm 99:1-9 & Proverbs 14:9-10
The days following Jesus’s death were disheartening and gloomy.
The women who accompanied and supported Jesus over the years visited His tomb with preserving spices and ointments, likely also going to pay their respects.
When they arrived on that third morning, their sadness quickly turned into surprise. The tomb was empty, and men dressed in dazzling white asked why they were looking for the living among the dead. No doubt the men saw the women’s puzzled expressions, prompting them to ask why they had so quickly forgotten Jesus’s promise to rise again and defeat death.
The women then remembered Jesus’ words and ran off to share the wonderful news with the disciples. But most of the disciples disregarded the women’s words as nonsense. It was such an awesome promise, but evidently Jesus’s followers thought it too good to be true and dismissed it.
We do the same thing. We read about God’s promises, yet when difficulties arise, we easily forget. It’s as if, in our finite minds, God’s promises are useless when adversity hits. Quite the contrary! Troubles are big opportunities for God’s promises of deliverance, peace, joy and comfort to make themselves known in tangible ways.
Let us not so easily forget the promises God makes. He hasn't forgotten them.