Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 30, 2019

“so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” – “so that you may believe” – “so that the proof of your faith, …, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor”

Today’s devotion comes from John 11:1-15.  Here is a link to this Scripture  –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

 

“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.  So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”  But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.  …  So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe;  but let us go to him.”  John 11:1-6 and 14-15.

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Lazarus got sick.

“But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”   Verse 4.

Jesus delayed going to Lazarus’ home, so Lazarus would be dead by the time Jesus arrived.  But, Jesus knew that His miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead would build their faith more than “merely” healing Lazarus of his sickness.

“and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe;  but let us go to him.”  Verse 15.

When apparently bad things happen to us, we should remember God’s Word that God causes all things to work for our good and that God gives us sufficient grace to handle the bad news.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake;  for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”  1 Peter 1:6-7.


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