Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 2, 2019

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 11:28-37.

“When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”  And when she heard it, she *got up quickly and was coming to Him.

Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him.  Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?”  They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus wept.  So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!”  But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?”  John 11:28-37.

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At first consideration, the reaction of Mary and the reaction of some of the Jews seemed similar.  They both did not understand why Jesus Who loved Lazarus so much allowed him to die.  Compare the following two verses.

“Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  Verse 32.

“But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?”  Verse 37.

But, when we study their reactions in more depth, we notice the difference.  Mary’s reaction addressed Jesus as “Lord” and was primarily a confession of faith in Jesus’ power.  The reaction of some of the Jews was primarily an accusation based on their lack of faith in Jesus’ goodness.

The Heidelberg Catechism helps us have the proper attitude when we experience apparently bad things that we do not understand why God allowed them to happen to us.

Q. 28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5.


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