In Matthew’s account we read that on Saturday, the day between the cross and the empty tomb, the religious leaders were busy like bees trying their hardest to prevent something big from happening the next few days. They worried that the disciples would come and open the tomb from the outside and steal Jesus’ body. The problem was, that wasn’t what they should have been worried about. The disciples had locked themselves in a room in Jerusalem (John 20) because they were afraid of getting arrested. They certainly had no plans to try and go open up the tomb. But what none of them were counting on was Jesus opening up the tomb from the inside (but we will save that for tomorrow).
While Friday and Sunday were filled with noise, Saturday was silent. The problem is that silence can be painful and deafening at times. The gap between our crying out to God and his answering can feel like an eternity and the quiet moment can lead us to all sorts of worry and doubt. As Max Lucado writes, “Jesus knew God would not leave him alone in the grave. You need to know, God will not leave you alone with your struggles. His silence is not his absence. Saturdays have their purpose. They let us feel the full force of God’s strength [as we rest in Him].
Today, as we excitedly wait for tomorrow, let yourself rest in the reality of God’s coming victory and power. And know that you in the midst of your resting are allowed to cast all your cares upon Him who loves you.
Something to ponder
Is there something today that is keeping you from being at peace in the provision of God?
If so, cast that thing(s) on the Lord in prayer and rest in his Sovereignty.