“He lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God.”
I love reading about Joseph of Arimathea. We do not know a lot about him, but the scripture in Luke 28 gives us two facts about him that I respect. One, is that he had a good heart and good character, and two, he lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God.
Joseph was a member of the Jewish High Council. Although He was a man of power, education, and a man of means, he kept his life open to the heart of God!
I admire the fact that he was constantly looking for God at work in his day! In spite of the harsh circumstances of the Hebrews living under Roman rule in that time, Joseph still looked for what God might do!
I want to do that today! I want to live in “alert expectation” of what God is up to in my life, in my church, in my family, in my town, in my state, my country and the world! I believe God is at work in our time as much as He was back then! We just need to sharpen our eyes and listening skills to see it! We need to watch and listen, like a runner waiting at the start of a race – ready to go in an instant!
Lord, open the eyes of our hearts to see what You are doing in these days we live in! Help us to wake everyday in alert expectation, knowing that Your Will will be done, here on earth as it is in Heaven! Amen!
On the Journey … Valerie May
There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character. He had not gone along with the plans and actions of the council. His hometown was the Jewish village of Arimathea. He lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used. It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin. Luke 23:50-54 MSG
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