April 11

April 11

Daily Devotional

I was kidnapped.  

In my senior year of college, I had friends who threw me a bachelor party. They planned to celebrate it by taking me out for wings but first they approached me wearing masks and tackling me to the floor of my apartment. They were to tie me up, put a sack over my head, put me in the trunk of a car, and drive me to a friend’s apartment. It didn’t go according to plan.  

First of all, they didn’t know how to keep me still. I was flailing all over the place not knowing who these attackers were. Secondly, they didn’t know how to tie a secure knot. So after about 5 minutes of trying to hold me down and tie me up, they gave up and, with a bag over my head led me down to the waiting car where they put me in the backseat. As the scene unfolded, their well thought of plan disintegrated. 

The chief priests and Pharisees also made a plan. They wanted to keep a dead guy in his place of burial. A simple task if you ask me. So, they put guards at the burial site and sealed the tomb. These plans were to stop Jesus’ disciples from stealing Jesus’ body and claiming he resurrected himself from the dead. 

Thankfully, God had other plans and his cannot be stopped! But this is a good lesson. Like these religious leaders, we can execute plans believing we are doing God’s work when we are opposing him. As you make plans, take time to reflect and pray about them. Test your plans to see if they adhere to the character of God. Then, after checking these boxes, go for it. God is wanting his workers to partner with him to change this world! 

Scripture: Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

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