Try The Resurrection Principle
he Reader’s Digest once carried the story of a man who said he had learned how to find immediate peace when tempted to worry about his problems. “I just wait three days,” he said.
During one of his down times, this chronic worrier remembered that three days after Jesus endured the pain and darkness of the cross everything was changed by the resurrection.
Here was a “light bulb” moment, a load lifting discovery, for one who had been wasting his life waiting for the sky to fall. Now he had a strategy for handling dark days. The next time he found himself in the pits over pressing problems he tried what he now saw as the resurrection principle: he simply delayed his worrying for three days. And, to his delight, at the end of that brief break, the reasons for his fears usually no longer existed.
Many Bible verses promise peace and renewed strength to those who wait in faith when trouble seems near. The all time favorite may be “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). David’s promise of strength for weary ones who wait is probably a close runner-up: “Wait on the LORD, be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). The still respected and often quoted nineteenth century English minister, Charles Spurgeon, wrote: “Wait at the Lord’s door with prayer; wait at His feet with humility; wait at His table with service; wait at His window with expectancy.” But waiting when everything seems likely to go wrong is never easy. Even the disciples panicked when Jesus was arrested, facing crucifixion. And this despite the fact that they had been assured personally by their Lord that three days after His death He would rise again.
At the cross we learn about the seriousness of sin and the price required to redeem us from it. Martin Luther called our sinful nature so deep and horrible a corruption of nature that no reason can comprehend it. Augustine wrote: “We are capable of every sin that we have seen our neighbor commit unless God’s grace restrains us.”
While Handel was composing his great work, “The Messiah,” a friend came to visit him just as he was working on the music for “He was despised.” Handel sobbed as he worked because his heart was so moved by the shame and suffering of Christ described in the Bible text from which he was taking the words for his song.
Many important lessons are learned from the Gospel message of all Jesus endured and accomplished through His horrific death on the cross, but we must not forget that three days after the crucifixion the stone that blocked the entrance to the tomb was touched by an angel and rolled away, allowing light into that dark place.
God is still moving stones.
And, right on time, your waiting faith will be rewarded.
He’ll move the stone that’s keeping the light from you.
Roger Campbell was an author, broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years.
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