August 16, 2014

Unexpected Good News

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 16, 2014

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43

Unexpected good news can take a sincere soul off guard as much as bad news can. But, it is in the pleasantness of the Lord’s comforting words that gratitude and joy are released. Emotion erupts in praise and thanksgiving when a “no” was expected, but a “yes” was lovingly communicated. Humility asks the Lord for His forgiving presence and love. Grateful and wise disciples request the Lord to remember them now and forever.

Sometimes we strive in uncertainty, ever wondering what’s next. We tentatively get our hopes up because in the past we have seen hopeful expectations dashed into discouragement. So, in some situations we find ourselves somewhat skeptical of positive outcomes. Guilt and disappointment jar the foundations of faith with profound persistence. But the Lord does not want to leave His children in suspense—He clarifies. He remembers you, so you can remember Him and remember others with unexpected good news. Faith expects the unexpected.

“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God’” (Isaiah 40:9).

Related Readings: 2 Kings 7:9; Proverbs 15:30; Mark 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:6

Taken from the August 16th reading in our new book  The Way of Wisdom: A Journey Towards Spiritual Growth, coming October 1st! Pre-order your copy today.

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