March 30, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on John 11:1-4, “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Those words were tough to believe for those following him given the circumstances they faced. The disciples didn’t believe him. They believed that if they went with Jesus, they would all die with him. But they did not die. Just as Jesus stated, the illness ended with life for Lazarus and glory for Jesus.
I believe that is a good lesson for us today as our country, as we, whatever it might be we are going through? For circumstances in the world and personally can lead us to question the words of Jesus?. If so, remember what Jesus said, as it is recorded for us in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” That is God’s promise, a promise that cannot be broken.
Illness from a virus, loss of wealth, job insecurity, fear for the family will not negate those words and lead to destruction. Jesus’ words are true and will remain true. His death and resurrection conquered sin and eternal death and ushered in for his people an age of life; true life, abundant life, life in relationship with him—and all that brings! After all, Jesus is alive!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: My blessed Jesus, You came that I might have life and have it abundantly. Send your Spirit to help me to look beyond my circumstances of today so that I can fully experience today the life you have earned for me. Then help me to care for my neighbors by pointing them to you in all your glory. In your name, I pray. Amen.