Today: Sometimes, we need to……
Passage: Psalm 4
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” (John 11, NIV)
Sometimes, we need to shift our focus from our problem so that God can work on it
The gospel of John mainly focusses on the deity/divinity of Jesus
Yet in recording this incident of Lazarus, John didn’t forget to highlight the human side of Jesus. It is mentioned that Jesus wept and that he was very much “moved” by what happened to a personal friend-Lazarus
Jesus knew that that Lazarus was going to come to life. Yet it was the compassion of Jesus that was required. Jesus put himself in the shoes of Mary and Martha before going ahead and asking the Father to do it for the family
When we go and pray for people with sickness/issues, the effectiveness of our prayer is much linked to our attitude. If we don’t mean what we say/pray, we are accountable for hipocracy. We pay for it somewhere
Jesus worked everything as per directions from His H.Q in heaven
Do we ask God before we do some spiritual act? Better ask
Mary and Martha were taught by Jesus. They were focussed on Lazarus day and night, 24/7. With those who are taught by Jesus, things work differently.
I believe, God wanted them to shift their focus away from their problem
Until burial, they had some hope that Jesus would come. Once buried, they lost their hope. May be they had some hope until the third day
Day 4: Getting back to their normal life; no more waiting on Jesus!
And that was when Jesus showed up! They were like: “why did you come now?”
Many times in our own life, we can see that God showed up when we forgot about it
God gave Isaac to Abraham when both Abraham and Sarah lost their biological ability to have a child. God waited till that point. He waits till the last drop of wine is out, so that we can say that it was 100% God and 0% of me!
Are we too much focussed on any particular issue/problem in life?
When we give our car to the w/shop or when a patiet is in ICU, they may not let us in. They need to work on it, freely
If we are worried about a hundred things, we can accomplish nothing. We need to to work on one thing at a time. Check it off and move to the next item in the list
GOD IS AT WORK. Display that sign visibly somewhere
Have a great day!
Pray: Lord Jesus, you are awesome. Yopu are our rolemodel. Sometimes, I have been too much concerned about things, without handing it over to you. From now on, help me trust you completely for all that I have handed over to you. Amen
When we let God work on one thing, we can focus on another