Devotional 9/9

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. John 11:21

Humble yourself before God

Even though it can be hard, better yet challenging, for us to accept God’s timing, His timing is perfect. We may not understand details, and may even struggle if He had came a little earlier- but He knows more than us- does he not? Ask Mary and Martha, their brother Lazarus died and Jesus was 4 days late! God could have avoided his death all together, but He chose to be late. He needed Lazarus to die. And you know what else? Jesus wept. Jesus cried when He found out that Lazarus died.

Lazarus was sick, he was Mary and Martha’s brother. When Jesus went to Bethany, arriving 4 days after his dead, Mary and Martha both met with Jesus with different attitudes. Martha questioned God, while Mary bowed in reverence. One thing about God is that He knows us, and He was not offended at Martha’s attitude. He replied to her troubled heart “I told you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God!”. Jesus knew what was about to happen, He knew they would suffer their brother’s death- He knew He would die! But God being the God who makes all things possible, had a mighty treat for the family. As I said before, God will allow us to feel that He is late in answering our prayers. But God does this so that we would build an even bigger testimony of Him, than the one we currently know. Martha knew that God would resurrect her brother on resurrection day, but Jesus had a better idea. Jesus resurrected him, right before their eyes. They were to become even greater witnesses of God’s great love and power. In this story we can see that the sisters had faith. While Martha believed in the resurrection, and Mary believed in God’s will.

Mary’s reverence when encountering Jesus was a humbled one, where I believe it’s safe to say that she accepted and recognized that God’s will was for her brother to pass away. Martha recognized Jesus power, and wondered why He didn’t simply heal her brother since He could. Reminds me about having faith, we can faith and still have troubled emotions. 

I went through a short process recently where God seemed to be late. I understand now, why He was late: He wanted to show off. God was testing my faith, and the faith of my friend. To God, our faith is demonstrated in acts of obedience aka surrender. The more we surrender to God, the more honor and delight He receives. For me, I tend to be self sufficient and solitary. This time around, God decided to shake things up in my life so that I would humble myself enough to accept help and company. It is not that I do not like people, I just enjoy being alone. I like to be in control of my time and atmosphere, meaning I like to be around whoever I want to be around, and when I choose to be available. I have a few issues, which God is dealing with evidently. I find that people are not always pleasing, easy to manage and some are not interesting to me. I find that people can be invasive, especially needy or clingy people, and for people like me who are more controlled in expressing emotions and affection it is not easy to be around these types of people. Then God reminds me about His own love for us, He doesn’t stop at His holiness and perfection. He went about doing good to the lepers, eating with tax collectors and walking around with sinners.   

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for your sovereign wisdom. Thank you that you fight battles for us which we know nothing about. I praise you because you know my inner thoughts and the complexities of my heart. I present to you all the people of faith who may be going through situations where they may question your will for their lives. I pray for a security in them, of knowing your presence is with them; that they may receive your love and know that you are for them and not against. I ask you to reveal to them your tender mercies, despite of their troubled emotions and attitudes. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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