"But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done." - Luke 24:21
Do you ever feel dejected in your life and your walk with Christ? The disciples sure did feel this way after Jesus had been crucified. Just imagine, these men believed Jesus of Nazareth to be the Messiah, the One who would redeem Israel, and now they have just seen all of their hope and faith crucified on that cross with Jesus.
In the preceding verses every fact that the disciples stated was correct, but the inferences they drew from them were wrong. Jesus Christ was sent from God, He did mighty miracles before all of the people, He was delivered to the chief priests and condemned to death, He was crucified on the cross, and He was the One to redeem Israel. Their last statement is where they missed it. The nation of Israel and even the disciples were looking for the wrong kind of redemption. They were looking for a physical redemption from Roman oppression instead of a spiritual redemption from their sins.
If we are not careful, we will fall into the same trap that the disciples did. Ask yourself this question: "What have I been trusting God to do?" The disciples were trusting Christ to do something different. Today, the immediate present, is the third day, and He has not done it, therefore we imagine that we are justified in being dejected and blaming God. Does this describe where you are spiritually today?
I'm afraid that this is where many of us are when it comes to our prayer life. Whenever our insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off track. The purpose and meaning of prayer is that we get a hold of God, not of the answer. The disciples already had a preconceived idea in their heads of what they thought the answer should be, and when it did not happen that way the became dejected. If you and I are honest, we are guilty of the exact same thing.
I would like to share with you a quote from Oswald Chambers about dejection:
"We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized."
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, help me today not to be dejected and discouraged. May I not have a preconceived idea of what I think You should do, but help me when I pray to seek You. Help me Lord to see Your presence in the common things and people around me. In Jesus name, Amen!