There are times when I read a devotional or other book that I receive a completely new revelation about a story in the Bible that I have always known. I'm reminded at how evolving the living word is (Hebrews 4:12). There is no situation in life that the answer cannot be found in the word. This morning, I read a devotional from 5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh that completely made me see another perspective of the story of Judas.
Here is a part of that devotional:
When Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. "I have sinned," he said, "For I have betrayed innocent blood.
"What is that to us?" They replied. "That's your responsibility." So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. (Matthew 27:3–5 NIV)
Oh, Judas, if only you could have waited for three more days! Yes, you would have been in agony on Friday, but on Sunday morning you would have seen Hope rise from the dead!
I don't know what you face right now, friend, but I do know that while we may lose a few battles on this earth, we will–because of Jesus–win the war. Don't despair!
Although I knew the story of Judas, I never realized how close he was to redemption and salvation. Had he held on just a couple of more days, he would have know that not all hope was lost. Sometimes, we just have to keep pushing forward, even when we don't see an end in sight. It is in those dark places that we find God, even in our darkest moments, and He helps lead us on.
So no matter what situation you are facing, hold on, because help is coming!
Love & Blessings,
C.C. Hasty Andrews