Wednesday, May 7, 2014

21 Days in John - Day 11: I Know He Loves Me, But...


Please Read John chapter 11

Key Verse:

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was”
John 11:5,6 [ESV]

Here is a simple sentence with a verb, “loved,” a subject, “Jesus,” and an object, Martha, Mary and Lazarus! So uncomplicated! His love was without condition. It was not love “because” or “if” or “when” or with a “but.” He simply loved them. Their home was a place of refuge for Jesus and they were just like family. He loved them.

The next verse seems to contradict that love. When Jesus hears that Lazarus is sick He deliberately does not come to them. News comes that Lazarus has died. They know that Jesus could heal him but He seemed not to bother. Why didn’t He come? Had he let them down? Didn’t He really care?

Mary loved to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him but now she is sitting in the house [verse 5], weeping, and when Jesus calls her to Him she falls at His feet complaining, “If you had been here my brother would not have died!” Have you been disappointed when Jesus didn’t seem to respond to your call for help? Have you, like Mary, felt let down, and also like Mary, have not seen the greater plan that Jesus had in that situation?

This is where trust comes in, and where we look beyond our limited understanding to recognize the sovereignty of a God who makes no mistakes! All things will work together for good to those who love Him!


Questions:

Can you remember a time when you asked the Lord to help you and He didn’t seem to hear? How did you feel about Him then and what did you do?

When things don’t work out as we had hoped will you become a better person or a bitter person through that experience?


Like Mary, don’t be afraid to complain to Jesus when you feel disappointed but will you also ask Him to help you trust when you cannot see and hold on to Him when you cannot trace what He is doing?

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