Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Daily Gospel Devotional: August 9

John 11:1-16…

Jesus waits…

So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. How curious and counterintuitive this seems. That is, until we understand the grand plan of God. It is often this way in our own little world. We are waiting on Jesus, but He is waiting on His own perfect timing. His timing is worth waiting for. He wants to turn our worry into worship.

The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Even after we understand where Jesus is going with all this, we may still doubt His direction. But when we are walking by His light, God’s purpose in us and through us will be fulfilled. His direction is worth following. He wants to turn our fear into faith.

I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. The plain purpose of Jesus in His waiting and His direction are for our benefit. We might at times be thinking, “Where are you?” and “Where are we going?” Still, and as always, He knows what He is doing. His purpose is to perfect us. He wants to turn our suspicion into submission.

Jesus is waiting...for you.

4 comments:

Even So... said...

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Anonymous said...

"turn our worry into worship"

there has been times when this is where I have been. waiting for the worry of direction to turn to the worship of obedience.
P.

Even So... said...

Good comment, Paul. Truthfully, it happens to all of us.

Anonymous said...

Amen!! He wants to know if we are groaning or grumbling!! Are we waiting on him or whining because He does not change our circumstances or situation in our timing? Awesome sir, all very good points. Had a couple of those test my self this week already. I hope I passed. I know that I started to grumble and then realize what I was doing. And then started praising and worshiping, remembering to say I am sorry Lord, please forgive me. My prayer is that I will learn it quicker or not do it at all. His timing is perfect.