Ps 145 – “GOD gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.”
Yesterday, many churches around the world acknowledged Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. What great irony. A Jewish people, wearied by poverty and bruised by oppression — ready to quit — hoped this might be the fresh start that GOD was about to provide. This Jesus of Nazareth would turn everything around, politically or militarily. So they thought. So they wanted.
As we know, within days the Hosanna-crowd turned hostile. Their expectations dashed, they turned their disillusionment into a drum-beat for death. “Crucify Him!”
The Psalmist declared that GOD specializes in fresh starts — second chances. When we feel utterly trapped, He opens a window. When we see nothing but darkness, He shines a light. When fear threatens to ruin us, He holds us steady. When loneliness seems unbearable, He takes our hand.
In our toughest times, we all want a savior to ride onto the scene — even on a donkey (see Zechariah 9:9). We hunger for something dramatic and cataclysmic. Militancy, even violence, sometimes seems like an acceptable solution. But it is not the Way of the Kingdom.
GOD has a way of providing fresh starts in disguise.
Are you ready to quit this morning — to quit a job, to quit a marriage, to quit a church, to quit a friendship? This Holy Week invites us to trust GOD. He’s at work, always at work, relentlessly at work, to provide you a fresh start — but not in the obvious ways.
Breath Prayer for Today: “I trust you, Lord.”