“Hosanna!”

During these unprecedented times, I am drawn back to the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. The worship of the people as he rode on the back of a donkey, speaks to our situations today.

“Hosanna! Hosanna!”  This is what the people cried out as Jesus came into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.  The word Hosanna means, “Save us, Now!”  The people were expecting Jesus to enter Jerusalem and overthrow the government and establish an earthly kingdom.  We know that is not what He intended. He was entering Jerusalem to lay down His life for our salvation and freedom from the bondage of sin. He did not respond as the people thought He would, but had a different plan instead. 

There are times that we ask for something from the Lord and we do not receive an answer that we expected.  God may answer in a way that surprises us or even goes counter to what we thought that He should do.  In those times, it is wise to remember that God is faithful and trustworthy.  No matter what is going on in our lives, let us remember…we can trust the Lord! 

God will never fail us! In fact, that is one thing that God cannot do.  God cannot fail! It is against His very nature and person to fail.  He knows what we need and will come through for His children! 

If you are facing a difficult time today, cry out to the Lord, “Hosanna!” “Save us, Now!” He will answer you!  His answer may not be what you expected, but it will always be what you need. 

Dealing out some hope today,
Pastor Dave

When You Don’t Know Which Way to Go…

Crazy times, huh?

Times like these remind me of something I don’t like to be reminded about…I often don’t know which way to go or what to do. Now, during this season, it is even hard to remember what day it is.

The truth is we are all limited.

And if this season has taught us anything, (and the Lord is using it to teach me a lot!), it has taught us that we are limited in what we know, understand, and control.

It reminds me of the story in the Bible of the children of Israel as they approached the promised land under Joshua’s leadership. You can find the story in Joshua 3:1-9. All of the people were about to cross over the Jordan River and into a land in which they had never been.

This story got me thinking…and I believe that there are some principles here that may help you (because they have helped me during this season).

  1. Possess a spirit of expectation.
    • In Joshua 3:1 it says that Joshua rose early in the morning.
    • Joshua knew what God had promised him. It was like he had an expectation that today could be the day that we receive what God has promised.
    • Are you expecting God to show up today in your life?
  2. Go after the presence of God.
    • In Joshua 3:3 the people were instructed “…when you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.”
    • The ark of the covenant represented God’s presence.
    • What do you GO AFTER? What do you follow?
  3. He knows the way, because He is the Way.
    • In verse 4 the Israelites were commanded to follow the ark (God’s presence) because they had not been this way before. (Sounds like this season, huh?)
    • Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
    • I don’t know which way to go, or what I should do, but Jesus does.
    • We need to know WHO more than we need to know WHAT!
  4. Come near to hear His voice.
    • In Joshua 3:9, we hear these words: “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.”
    • Lean in close to the presence of the Lord. Scripture tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. (see James 4:8)

These are crazy times, for sure. Let’s not waste this season though by missing what God wants to share with us. It is hard to hear with background noise, so let’s take advantage of this time and listen for the guidance that Jesus brings.

Go after Him today! Follow Him…He knows which way to go.

Dealing some hope today,
Pastor Dave