READ UCB WORD FOR TODAY DEVOTIONAL
Topic for UCB Word for Today 16th November 2022 is “Lazarus’ Story And Yours (1)”
Today’s Scripture: When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4 NKJV
Observe: 1) God has a plan in mind that you don’t see. Why did Jesus wait four days after hearing Lazarus had died before going to visit the family? God waits for two reasons: a) That your faith may be strengthened. Jesus said, ‘I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe’ (v. 15 NKJV). In life, crises come and go. Your next crisis will be different from your last one, but the thing that must remain strong is your faith. b) That God may be glorified. The Pharisees believed your spirit left your corpse on the fourth day. Had Jesus intervened earlier, they may have said, ‘He wasn’t really dead.’ Hence Jesus said, ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.’ It’s in looking back that you see God’s wisdom and will at work in the situation.
2) God will make you deal with issues you have tried to bury. ‘Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha…said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days”’ (v. 39 NKJV). Are you praying for an answer in one area while God is telling you to ‘take away the stone’ and deal with an issue you have buried in another area? When your heart is right with God, your prayers will be answered (see 1 John 3:21-22).
3) God will make you an example of His grace. Picture Lazarus after his resurrection. Without even speaking a word, his life declared to everyone that Jesus is Lord. And the same can be true of you. God has redeemed and raised you up to be a testimony of His grace.
Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 30-32, James 4
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