Scripture Reading: John 11:1-45

As we reflect on God’s word today, may God glorify His name in our situations. Amen. In Verse 4 of our scriptural reference Jesus told his disciples “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Beloved, we feel disappointment and broken hearted when we face challenges and God seems to have abandoned us. Today, the Holy Spirit says to you, ‘Don’t be broken-hearted’, because in so doing you misinterpret God’s promises and seem to set limits to His ability to help you. Note Jesus’ statement in Verse 4 above shows that whatever happens to us now is for His name to be glorified. The miscalculation of Martha and Mary was that they determined the end by themselves, as such, they felt disappointed. What we think to be the end, might not be the end for God, for our thoughts are below His.

When the Jews thought that they have ended the story of Jesus with His death and burial, little did they know that the greatest miracle that will forever prolong the message of Jesus was about to happen. What they calculated as the end was a beginning of a new and better story. With this, we have the assurance that with God the later days shall be greater than the former. With God, the end of the situation shall be glorious and great, if only we can keep Jesus as our friend. Mary and Martha did not close their doors to Jesus even when he came late by their own calculation.

In our world, tragedy and suffering never make sense, the flesh like a viral infection of the soul, resist them. This is why, when times are hard we fail to realize that God is closer to the broken-hearted. As we may ask, ‘how much longer will this last?’ Or ‘why is God delaying?’ Jesus answered this in Verse 15, “For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.” The more difficult the situation, the more

glorious and faith inspiring will your testimony be. Just reflect on these personalities: Abraham. Job. Moses. Elijah. Samuel. David. John the Baptist. Paul etc; they all had great challenges, and great were the testimonies of their lives. Do not give up on God, for God has not and cannot give up on you.

As we conclude today’s reflection, keep this in mind, ‘Never give up hope’, God still cares for you. Like Abraham of old keep your hope alive even when there is no visible reasons for hope (Romans 4:19-21).

 

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank the Lord for His words today.
  2. Tell God you are sorry for limiting His power in your life.
  3. Tell God; it is time to glorify your Name in my life.
  4. Joyfully declare: I shall not die, I shall live to see and testify of the goodness of God.
  5. Pray with Psalm 90:13-17 (seriously and meditatively).

Exercise: Never forget that you arc a divine project (declare it seven times).

Memory Verse: John 9:3

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