The Challenge — Day 169

Today’s Scripture: John 20:11-31
[The end of the journey is very near. Click the reference to read online, or perhaps you have your Bible handy by now.]

The disciples experienced a terrible loss. A great confusion. The one they believed to be the Messiah had been crucified and buried. Their hope buried along with Him.

In fear of being found out, maybe even being next, they locked themselves away from the world.

We too as Believers experience times of terrible loss. Times we’ve trusted, hoped, only to find ourselves faced with disaster. Sudden death. A terminal diagnosis. The betrayal of a loved one.

Confused. Afraid. We lock ourselves away. From the world. From community. From Him.

Or at least we try.

Today’s passage shows God as One who cannot… will not… be locked out from the lives of His disciples.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, 
the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, 
Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
John 20:19
God will not be locked out when He is ready to bring peace to our hearts after the storm.
Take heart. Whether you are the one locked up in fear and doubt or you have a loved one who seems to have locked themselves away. He will not be locked out. We can’t lock Him out. We can lock ourselves away from the world, but not from Him.
Look for Him to come. Look for Him to bring peace.
Father God, You have a purpose in all You allow.
So often we just can’t see what it is from this side of eternity.
Comfort us with the knowledge that You will come.
I may lock myself away from the world, but I cannot lock myself away from You.
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