The New Living Translation
How Not to Say Goodbye

“He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care” (Isaiah 53:3).

I wonder how many times in the Old Testament it said Israel did not listen. The words “stubborn” or “hard hearted” people come to mind. Isaiah is my favorite book of the Bible simple for its rich prophecy and promises. My confidence in Jesus Christ comes from knowing the probability of Him fulfilling even a few of the promises found in that book is impossible–and yet He fulfilled them all. For all you apologetic majors–how many was that exactly?

Question: What is it about Easter season that you find most difficult to believe?

Is it in the cross? Jesus’ ministry here on earth? Perhaps his death and resurrection? Or maybe even going back to the virgin birth.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it” (Isaiah 30:15).

Dear Jesus,

I crave your rest and salvation that is found only in You. Don’t let me say goodbye to You simple because I cannot rest in my knowledge or lack thereof. Help me to take my doubts to the foot of the cross and show me what I’m missing, Lord. Help me in my unbelief, I pray! Amen.

4 Responses to “How Not to Say Goodbye”
29th April, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I like your prayer at the end! Thank you for sharing!

Nkechi
1st May, 2011 at 7:11 am

It is not always easy to be honest especially when you’ve been a christian for long.There are times when I am like,But Lord,I wasn’t there when you died and rose so how can I be sooooo sure? But telling God exactly how you feel sometimes can really straighten out your doubts.After I read Da Vinci’s Code,I actually started wondering if the book was true,but when I told God exactly how I felt and the doubts I had,He spoke to my spirit and gave me a reassurance through his Word and by His spirit. So by all means,COME CLEAN TO GOD!!

Colby
2nd May, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thank you so much for this post. It was something I really needed to hear.

3rd May, 2011 at 10:56 am

@Bettina – You’re welcome, I’m so glad you were encouraged!

@Nkechi – It isn’t easy but when we seek Him first He will show us what we’re not understanding 🙂

@Colby – You’re welcome, so glad to hear you were encouraged as well!!!

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