When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” Acts 17:32 (NIV)
When some people hear of the resurrection of the dead, they want to hear more. But when others hear, they sneer. Some do it quietly to themselves. Others protest loudly. The sneering person cannot get themselves to accept the thought of God bringing people back to life. Or, if they would like to hold on to a sense of hope, they struggle to trust that God will actually bring it to pass. Where do we find ourselves with our own faith in resurrection?
The Christian knows the world will struggle to believe. But they would rather look to God. These daredevils of faith set their hearts on this imminent act of God. For them nothing is too difficult for their God. He can alter nature´s natural course. His sleeping children will rise to live with Him. He is big enough to do everything He says He can do. The sneering ones resist this hope, for them God just isn´t big enough. When we search our hearts, can we find any shadows of doubt? Do we struggle in any way to accept that God has His plans for us? Is He really capable of doing what He promises? Shall we approach Him now to ask for His help in overcoming our own sneering today? Shall we accept this chance to trust God´s power over the impossible?
Help us set our Hope in Your power and Your mercy! Let us approach the Living, All-powerful God! And let us marvel at the thought of spending eternity with You we pray!