"Jesus sat in the midst of joy sipping the coming sorrow, so we can sit in the midst of sorrow and sip the coming joy. " -Timothy Keller
Today is Good Friday, but two thousand years ago it was not considered a good day. It was the day our Savior was beaten and broken. It was the day he died on a cross. For Jesus' followers, friends, and family this day was anything but good. With him dead all hope seemed lost. But what they didn't know was what was going to happen on Sunday. On Sunday, Jesus rose from the grave! Friday didn't become good until Sunday. Friday was now good because it was the day we could pray to God without a priest. Friday was the day that our debt was paid. In the midst of what seemed like the worst day in history God was doing something incredible.
Some of you reading this might be going through a really difficult time. A time where nothing makes sense and the whole world seems against you. You may be in a season where there seems to be more pain than joy. I want to let you know that today may be your Friday, but Sunday is coming. At this moment the pain you're experiencing doesn't make any sense but one day it will. This season you're in could be a chance for you to learn to depend on God. A season where you learn to find joy even in the midst of suffering.
Last year, I was in a place where I needed direction and it seemed that God wasn't listening to me. It became very frustrating, but during this time I learned to press into God. To praise Him even though I wasn't getting the answers I was looking for. It seeemed like I had a lot of Fridays, but eventually God gave me the answers I was looking for just when I needed to hear them. I can now look back on that season and see that God was doing something in my life that didn't make any sense at the time, but now does. That season had a purpose.
Your awful situation has a purpose. God is doing something big in your life even though it doesn't seem like it in the present.
It's Friday, but Sunday is coming!