“He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. (Hosea 6:2)
“and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.” (Matthew 17:23)
I think it’s amazing how God communicates and illustrates His message of hope to us. When we are facing challenges, feeling stuck or even hopelessness; over and over again God is trying to instill faith and hope in us. When you read through God’s Word, His message is clear… “Don’t give up”, “there is still hope”, “I’m The God who works miracles”, “death is not the end”, “I’m The God who gives another chance”, “It’s not over until I say it’s over”.
There is great significance in God illustrating to us the “Third Day.” Many times, God used the three-day period to point to an act of Divine intervention. Think about all of the “Third Day” experiences the Bible records and how God intervened…
- Three men declared to Abraham that his wife Sara who was barren, would bear a son. (Genesis 18:14)
- Jonah spent three days in the belly of a whale and was delivered on the third day. He traveled three days across Nineveh communicating God’s message of repentance, restoration and revival. (Jonah 1:17, 3:3)
- Jesus was missing for three days when He was twelve years old. His parents found Him on the third day. (Luke 2:46)
- Jesus prophesied He would be raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 16:21, 17:23)
- Saul was blinded for three days. He regained his sight on the third day. (Acts 9:9)
- Abraham traveled for three days on his journey to sacrifice his son Isaac. And God provided a sacrifice for Isaac on the third day. (Genesis 22:4)
- Jesus first miracle was recorded as “there was a wedding on the Third Day”. (John 2:1)
In almost every case where the “third day” is mentioned, God either proclaimed His intervention was on the way or the actual Divine intervention was taking place in the person’s life.
I believe God is communicating to us that we can have a “third day” experience too. Nowhere in the Bible does God give us permission to give up or lose hope. He consistently encourages us to believe.
THREE things to remember about your Third Day:
1. What you are experiencing today doesn’t mean you will experience it for the rest of your life.
- Seasons change.
- God has the authority and ability to turn things around in your life.
- Don’t just wish the bad experience away, start rejoicing that a new season is coming.
- Jesus is the one who can step out of the boat on a stormy sea, and speak peace in the face of the wind. His voice has more authority and power than bolts of lightning and claps of thunder.
2. The enemy of your destiny wants you to believe it’s over.
- Satan and those who hated Jesus, thought it was over when He was hanging on the cross and when they buried Him. But on the “Third Day” they had quite the surprise.
- Failure is not forever.
- Failure is a way for us to learn.
- Failure can make us stronger and more resilient.
- Thomas Edison was a great inventor. He had a lot of success but that success did not come without experiencing failure.
- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison
- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison
3. When you are faithful to believe, and seek God; He is faithful to answer.
- “The faithful love of the LORDnever ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
- “The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
- “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Don’t give up hope. Invite God into your circumstance. He is the key. God has a Third Day for you!