John 11:4 All For God’s Glory

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

Sickness is something that no one likes in themselves or in anyone else. It is also something that people question as to why they are sick or how they got sick.

The more sick a person is, the scarier it is for most people. All they can see is the problems that the sickness brings on. In the eyes of most people, there is nothing good to be found in being sick.

Lazarus, who was a friend of Jesus, had become very sick. Jesus said that his sickness would not end in death, but be for the glory of God.

As people view sickness, all they see is the here and now, they cannot see the future clearly. The mountains of problems and pain is all that is clearly visible.

Although God does not really like sickness, since it came with sin, He does use it. It can be used to slow a person down, get a person to look up to Him, and to bring God glory. God gets glory not only when He heals, but also when He brings a person through it to either healing or to eternity in heaven with Him.

If Lazarus had never had the sickness he would never have died, thus Jesus would never have been able to raise him from the dead. In it God was able to receive glory.

Without any problems or sicknesses, one would not know or understand what it is like to be healed or have a problem solved. In not having been healed or a problem solved, they would also not know or understand what God is able to do.

You or someone you know and love may be going through some sickness. While it is painful to feel or see, you must put your eyes on Jesus and trust Him in the situation.

Do not give the devil a foothold with complaining or fear of the sickness. Allow God to get all the glory in the sickness. Trust Him to either heal or bring you through it by His strength and power.

The ‘worst’ thing that can happen in sickness is death. For the believer, death brings about eternal life, which is far greater than life on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will heal you and your loved ones of all sickness; that God will get glory in any sickness you may get; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

Amos 5:4 Seek God And Live

Seeking on a boat

This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live;” Amos 5:4 

Most people want to live. They appear to do everything that they can to keep from dying. People go to the doctor to get medicine and surgery to cure them of sicknesses and injuries in order to prevent death.

During the time of COVID 19, people are putting on masks and isolating themselves to prevent sickness and death. People fear dying and will do whatever it takes to prevent it, accept for the one thing that will prevent death.

Amos tells the people that God is telling them to seek Him in order to live.

In a world that is dying, many are living in fear of death. Yet, many are turning away from God, refusing to accept that Jesus is the only way to life. God does not want to punish and destroy anyone, yet His holiness demands it. God’s grace has made a way to stop the judgement of death upon every person.

There have been many in the church that have turned their backs upon God and sought life in other ways, the ways of the world. The sinful ways of this world, however, will only bring about chaos, death and destruction. Their ways will only bring about temporary life, a moment of joy that will flee very quickly into depression and death.

All a person must do is seek God and His ways to find life. Jesus died so that everyone else may live. He is willing to give that life away for free, just by believing and following Him.

As the world is seeking ways to live, the believer has the answer and needs to point the way. The church has life, but must be willing to live it and share it with this lost and dying world.

You have access to true life that will never end, an eternal life. It is your choice if you will seek God or you will choose to seek other people and things. One brings eternal, true life, the other brings temporary life, then death.

Focus your life on seeking after God and what He desires for you. In spite of the death and sickness all around you, you will live for eternity. This body of yours is only a temporary dwelling place on this earth. It will not last forever, but your soul will.

Who, or what are you seeking today? Seek God and live.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God and His ways for your life; that you will live your life by God’s standards; that God will strengthen to turn away from the ways of this world; and that you will know life in Jesus. 

Joel 1:14 Cry Out To God

Cross overlooking a city

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14

During times of great disaster, sickness or unrest people are scared. People are dying and many are living in fear, not sure what is going on or what is going to happen next. They do not know when things will change and get back to normal.

Many are looking to the government or other organizations to solve the issues of the day. Those groups are at a loss as to what to do or how to cage things. They compete against each other as to the best route to take, yet, not a whole lot changes.

During the time of Joel, the nation of Israel was being overrun and destroyed. He calls for the people to fast and cry out to God.

When great disasters come upon people, the world really does not know what to do. Sometimes it is the world that is bringing on the problems, raising persecution against all believers.

God often allows disaster to come when the people are refusing to serve Him with all of their heart. The church is not being His witness and people are living in sin. God wants their attention, thus brings on disaster.

As this occurs believers must begin to fast and cry out to God. They need to seek forgiveness for their sins and not doing His will. The believers can turn the eyes of the people back to God and get them on the right track.

God is a God of mercy and forgiveness. He is quick to relent bringing on disaster if His people will call out to Him. The land as a whole must cry out to God and turn from their wicked ways so that He can heal them and the land.

You may be going through a time of disaster or trouble, or you may know of others who are going through it themselves. Start with yourself with crying out to God for His mercy. Then as you cry out to God, call on other believers to do the same.

As God’s people call out to Him, He will show up in His great love and mercy. The land, no matter what nation you are a part of, needs you to be crying out to God for it. Seek God and know His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s forgiveness for your sins and the sins of your land; that you will seek God’s mercy upon all people; and that you will humble yourself and live for God.

Isaiah 38:17 Sickness For A Purpose

Rock near waterfall

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:7 

Suffering and sickness occur on a regular basis with people all over the entire world. The range of sickness that occurs is extremely wide. Some sickness are of a minor, temporary sort, while others are life-threatening and bring about death.

One of the questions that is commonly asked by most people is why the sickness? Why does one get sick? Why does one recover and another does not? Very rarely does a person look at a sickness or disease as something good or as a benefit.

Hezekiah had followed God faithfully for a time, but then started to walk away from Him. Isaiah comes to him telling him that he will soon die and must get his life in order. After asking for some more time to live, God grants it. Hezekiah realized that the sickness was for his benefit.

There may be times when a sickness is a wakeup call to a person. One can be facing death in the face and has to make a choice as to whom he will serve, self or God.

God has mercy on people and wants everyone to be saved. He may use disasters or sickness to get one’s attention. This is especially true for those who already believe in Him and have been following Him. God can strike a person to get him to get his life in order.

Many people who are facing death suddenly have a different perspective on life. They realize what is really important, and it is not money or positions, but real life. They also begin to realize there is the rest of eternity to deal with.

As a believer, your life should be focused on living for God in every area of your life. This means you will strive to flee sin and be His witness in this world.

Take a look at your life and see how you are doing at truly following God. Does your life show one who loves God from the heart, or one who loves God only in words?

God is giving you a chance today to get your house in order. You may or may not have tomorrow, but you do have today. Don’t make God have to strike you to get your attention. Live for God while you can and receive the gift of eternal life that Jesus promised.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God in every area of your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; and that you will trust God with your life.