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Monday, December 29, 2014

Delay May Not Mean Denial

As we are nearing the end of 2014 and entering into a New Year and kick starting the new week off with these words of wisdom that should resonate within our spirits as we prepare to step into a New Year 2015. When [Jesus] heard that [Lazarus] was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. —John 11:6 My sons’ birthdays are in December. When they were small, Angus quickly learned that if he didn’t receive a longed-for toy for his birthday at the beginning of the month, it might be in his Christmas stocking. And if David didn’t receive his gift for Christmas, it might appear for his birthday 4 days later. Delay didn’t necessarily mean denial. It was natural for Martha and Mary to send for Jesus when Lazarus became seriously ill (John 11:1-3). Perhaps they looked anxiously along the road for signs of His arrival, but Jesus didn’t come. The funeral service had been over for 4 days when Jesus finally walked into town (v.17). Martha was blunt. “If You had been here,” she said, “my brother would not have died” (v.21). Then her faith flickered into certainty, “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You” (v.22). I wonder what she expected. Lazarus was dead, and she was wary about opening the tomb. And yet at a word from Jesus, Lazarus’ spirit returned to his decaying body (vv.41-44). Jesus had bypassed simply healing His sick friend, in order to perform the far greater miracle of bringing him back to life. Waiting for God’s timing may also give us a greater miracle than we had hoped for. —Marion Stroud My Savior hears me when I pray, Upon His Word I calmly rest; In His own time, in His own way, I know He’ll give me what is best. —Hewitt Time spent waiting on God is never wasted. Bible in a year: Zechariah 9-12; Revelation 20 Insight Martha, often maligned for her attitude in Luke 10:38-42, displays great faith in today’s passage. Not only does she believe that Jesus has a special relationship with the Father (John 11:22), she also affirms her confidence that Jesus is, in fact, the Son of God (v.27).

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