We are so quick to speak His praise when all is going well.
Miracles. Healing. Provision. Prayer answered to our delight. Oh, then, He is so worthy of our praise.
The crowd was quick to praise the Coming One as He came prophetically riding in on the colt of a donkey. They praised His miracle working. Quick to yell, “Hosanna!” Save. Us. Now.
When He comes in as rescuer we become delighted by Him, wooed by Him, follow Him willingly.
What changes so quickly when it isn’t how we planned?
Pain is involved. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. He must not be saving me. Loneliness. We yelled crucify Him because He did not rise up the way we thought He should. Darkness and the earth shakes all around. Greater pain. Greater loss.
Why this path? It isn’t the easy way at all.
“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. but if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:23-25
Jesus, busted blood vessels with great anguish over separation from the Father but still said, “Not my will but Your will be done.” Surrendered comforts that He might comfort us in all affliction and bring hope to hopeless hearts.
Miracle of all miracles-“It is finished”. Price paid. Ransom met. Love covered a multitude of sins.
Life isn’t about being comfortable or being healed. It is about the One who holds all things together. (Col. 1:17) He holds us together. Our today might feel like it is falling apart but nothing is unknown or slipping through the cracks of His fingers. He holds the universe in His hands and has not let go.
The crowd ignorantly perceived that Jesus was not the One since He wasn’t saving them according to their plan. They were so very wrong.
We can yield all our expectations and demands at His feet and say, “Not my will, but your will be done”, then trust His timing, His unfailing love surrounding us, His perfect peace to cover us and His hand to hold us all the way through until He says,
“Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.”
“It is finished.”