Eliminate the risk

The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. (Proverbs 10:28 NLT)

Godly are those who made themselves right with God and strive to stay right before Him by fully knowing their righteousness, sanctification and wisdom are only in Lord Jesus Christ.

The only way these godly/righteous can live is by setting their hope in God’s plan for their lives and the promises He made to them.

Such life brings great peace and will result in happiness because they eliminated the risk of depending on their own skills, abilities and smartness.

Often these godly look weak, incapable and vulnerable in the world’s eyes, but their success and joy would be shocking and indigestible! Secret is their hope – the source of unusual strength, wisdom and patience from God their Lord!

The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong.
…He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor.
…No one will succeed by strength alone.
…he increases the strength of his anointed one.” 1 Samuel 2:4, 8-10

The secret follower

Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Matthew 27:59-60

John 19:38 indicates that this Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of Jesus because he feared those Jewish leaders. He was a rich man and happen to have his own tomb prepared ahead specially carved out of the rock.

There were many who openly followed Jesus Christ when He walked the Earth – but now all had fled the scene. Only Joseph the secret follower had to go up to Pilate boldly and ask for the body of His Lord.

There were many who competed to please Jesus Christ when He walked the Earth – inviting Him for a dinner, sat on the front row when He taught – but now none of those were around to show the last respect to His body. Only Joseph the secret follower had to spend for the linen, spices and tomb to honor His Lord.

Following the Lord truly requires the strength and boldness of this Joseph of Arimathea, which are –

  • Risking our own lives
  • Honoring the Lord even when all our hopes are dead

The reward is –

  • Exchanging our tomb for the life of Christ