Recently, at a conference, a friend of mine shared what he termed the Three Phases of Faith. Now, there are many ways of looking at faith and this is one that may be very helpful to us.
First, there is the “Excited by God” Phase. When Jesus entered into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the disciples and many of the people in the Jerusalem were excited because they thought the conquering Messiah had arrived. God had finally answered their prayers for a deliverer.
Then, when Jesus failed to live up to their expectations of a conquering Messiah, they went through their “Disappointed by God” Phase. They were greatly disappointed that Jesus was not going to throw off the yoke of the Roman Empire. Their disappointment deepened when Jesus went to a crucifixion death.
Finally, they experienced the “Surprised by God” Phase when Jesus rose from the grave. It took a while for the disciples to comprehend the magnitude of what transpired on Easter morning, but once they got it, it inspired and compelled them to preach the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection throughout the world.
The Three Phases of Faith… “Excited by God”, “Disappointed by God” and then “Surprised by God”.
Where are you in your faith walk? Are you excited by God? Are you currently being disappointed by God? Or are you in the midst of being surprised by God?
No matter where you are, remember the truth found in these two verses:
“For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
God is faithful and He will eventually work all things together for good to those who love Him and do their best to live according to His purposes in their lives.
I hope you are about to be surprised by God.
Something to think about…