I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that
it is good for him to wait.—C.S. Lewis
Today is Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter. On Good Friday we remember the suffering, betrayal, pain (physical and emotional), and death our Savior endured for us (Luke 23:26-56). On Easter we rejoice in the resurrection of our King who conquered death once and for all (1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Matthew 28:1-9). These are both glorious, precious days, and it is right and good to remember and to celebrate them.
But what about Saturday? What about the in-between day? There isn’t much Scripture for Saturday; Jesus is dead in the tomb and the disciples are waiting, not doing any work because Saturday is the Sabbath. Besides, it’s only one short day. We all know what’s gonna happen next. But the disciples didn’t. This might have been the longest 24 hours Christ-followers ever faced. Imagine it. Everything they lived for was dead. They had no hope, because Hope had died the most brutal death imaginable. For them. But they didn’t know Christ’s death was for them. They didn’t understand. So what did the disciples do? They waited, just like the Israelites of old waited for the Messiah to come.
What’re we waiting for today? Maybe it’s a test result, a college acceptance letter, a family problem to be resolved, a relationship, a better grade, or closure in some area of our lives. Whatever we’re waiting for—however giant or tiny—there is a key difference between Jesus-followers two thousand years ago and us today.
We wait in hope.
We know the final outcome. Oh, we may not know the details; we may not know all the ins and outs of God’s plan, but we know the outcome: the victorious Christ will come, save His people, and we will dwell with the Lord of the Universe for all eternity (check out Revelation for more details on that). “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4) We have hope. We have crazy, amazing hope! Whatever we’re waiting for today, we wait under a King who has our best interests at heart and a stellar plan in place (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11). “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 15:13) Trust God today. And then let him flood ya with the hope that only comes from him.
We wait in obedience.
Notice how the disciples didn’t say, “What? What is this? Okay, forget about Jesus; we’re going back home and gonna continue with our lives before he came.” Nope. Scripture says in Luke 23:56, “But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” This is where faith comes in. We might not get what God is doing. We may not understand his plan. But we trust him. We can trust the Commander without understanding each one of his commands. We can do this intelligently because he has proven himself trustworthy time and time again and has provided us with ample truth in his Word.
So today, we don’t have to be troubled and stressed, biting our fingernails as if the outcome of our stressful situation is unknown and in our control. God is omniscient, and has more control than our brains can grasp. Instead, we can look ahead and run this race victoriously, because “we are more than conquerors in him who loved us.”(Romans 8:37) We can run with all joy, peace, love, and hope (1 Thess. 5:16-18). So today, let’s enjoy the waiting. Let’s enjoy the fact that God’s got it covered and we don’t have to. Today let’s joyfully obey the commands we do know, and trust Jesus with the stuff we don’t know. We can wait with hope and obedience…because we know what’s going to happen tomorrow.