Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work… is finished. 1 Chronicles 28:20
Thought this verse was a rare gift on Holy Thursday. I can hear Jesus saying them to His disciples at the meal before He faced His own dark night in the Garden of Gethsemane. Before He would sweat blood thinking about losing His life and the lives of His friends to make the changes in the world necessary to be the atonement for sin. He knew each person needs encouragement and He was and is the ultimate encourager.
The apostles gathered in the upper room to share the Passover Feast. I have attended a Seder meal. Much scripture is read, much food and wine is consumed because you eat and drink after each Scripture passage that is read. It is a journey through Bitter herbs, sweet fruit, the choicest lamb and wine at every juncture. It is no wonder that the apostles fell asleep.
The Passover story is the one of overcoming the Pharaoh’s stubbornness through miracles performed by a God who loved His people enough to interfere. Of course, God’s timing is always perfect… what better night than this to overcome sin in the world and put the wheels in motion to save humanity again than the PASSOVER. Where the blood of lamb is used to protect God’s people. God indeed finished the work through Jesus. I know He does the same today, in and through His church. Even when I am discouraged, I know God is with me and if I persist with His help His work will be completed.
Lord help me persist through exhaustion, rally when the road ahead looks steep and rely on You when the road is dark or hidden by complications that seem insurmountable. I know You are by my side.