We are just a little over two weeks from the most important celebration of the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday, when we will celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Lord, and soon coming King.
This day reminds us of God’s perfect timing, Jesus’ complete obedience to His Father’s will, and everything done according to God’s ways. It also reminds us of man’s deception concerning the events of Christ’s last week on earth. Those who were in Jerusalem at that time were unable to grasp God’s timing, His will or His way. Why? The easy answer is that, “the devil made me do it.” I get that and it is true, one of the names that the devil is known by is the deceiver. But man was responsible for his response. God created us with the ability to make decisions, the freedom to respond based upon our input and understanding. Those who cried out on Sunday, “Hosanna, save us,”were some of the same ones who cried out on Friday, “crucify Him!”
What happened? I believe the people were deceived by their input filters and their limited understanding. I think they thought that their timing was better than God’s timing, their will superseded God’s will, and their way would bring the right solution to the problem. But they were deceived.
I wonder how often we follow their pattern, thinking, “My timing is better than God’s timing, I know my will is more beneficial to me than God’s will is, and it is my way or the highway.”Deception is always before us, leaking into our decision making process by way of our input filters and limited ability to understand. That’s why my prayer this week has been, “Lord, keep me in line with your timing, not my will but your will be done in my life, and keep me on your pathway.”Maybe that’s why I have been singing to myself, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!