Judges 9-11, Psalm 17, Luke 23
Easter is such a great time of year. The warm sun and the blooms of spring are just the beginning. These are great reminders of the resurrection that we celebrate. For a moment, we drink it in, basking in the love of family and the precious blood of a risen savior. All is well with the world. And then, It’s Monday.
The problems return, and so do I. I still have a house to pay for and kids to send to college. I go to work and find everything just where I left it on Friday. The toil begins again. This is not what it’s meant to be. Jesus opened the door, but we have to walk through it.
If today you find yourself confronted with your old reality, there is work to do. Start as the Israelites did and “put aside your foreign gods and serve the Lord” (Judges 10:10). That is where God’s promised life is. AW Tozer explains it well. He says that “We are long on talk and short on conduct. We use the language of power, but our deeds are the deeds of weakness.” That is what Monday does. It exposes the incongruency of our deeds.
As Monday ends and another Easter is behind me, I ask God if I experienced the life that Jesus suffered for today. I know the answer, yet my soul is reassured as I turn to Him. Like the Psalmist says,
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. Psalms 17:15