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The news this week has been heartbreaking. It’s difficult to process horrific acts of violence, and the senseless robbing of innocent lives. It is on weeks like this, all we can do is bow low before our God and pray.

My thoughts turn to remember Jesus riding on a lowly donkey. The crowd around Him. The palms waving as He passes by.

The people had expectations of Him which would go unmet. They wanted Him to come and restore kingship, leadership to Israel.

His very actions were indicative this would not be. He had not come to be the military and political leader they were hoping to receive. No matter how big of a reception they were to give Him, He was not going to overthrow and take political action.

Their shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” were shouts for Him to save them.

Yet they missed the point ”“ He was not coming to save them from the perils of their society. Instead of salvation from political and social oppression, He had come to bring salvation for their souls.

The ones who stood praising and waving palms would soon be the very ones to yell, “Crucify Him!” when they faced disappointment in His mission.

I wonder, “Are we any different than the crowd that day?”

We have a tendency to desire a particular outcome to our present circumstances, rather than see the treasure which may lie hidden in the dark times. We long for immediate relief or comfort over the eternal.

And yet Jesus still says to us today:

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NASB)

Jesus knew this world would bring each of us much turmoil and discomforts. He knew our burdens would be too great for us to bear on our own. He gave us Himself ”“ His Presence ”“ to get us through these times. Even when surrounded by that which makes us fearful, anxious, and unsettled, we can be in peace and have peace.

“When beyond our understandingYou’re teaching us to trust …

You’re faithful foreverPerfect in loveYou are sovereign over us.”

(from “Sovereign Over Us” by Michael W. Smith)

We so need hope these days. In her post, “Hope in the Unseen” HERE, Donna Boucher reminds us: “Hope sings in the darkness of trials never doubting the rising of the Son.” Allow her words to remind you of the power of hope, no matter the circumstances you may be facing.


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