Topic: Where Was God?
[DCLM Daily Manna 2 December 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: John 11:33-40
Key Verse: “And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?” – (John 11:37)
Comforting a grieving family is one of the hardest things to do in the ministry. Sometimes, words are not enough and it is often challenging to find the right words to say. In times of grief, some questions are difficult, if not impossible to answer, especially from those wondering why God preferred not to intervene in preventing the death of a loved one.
Our text focuses on the visit of Christ to the sisters of Lazarus after his death. When He witnessed the sorrow and tears, He was moved to tears. When Christ requested to visit the grave site, many thought the situation was already out of hands but He commanded them to take away the stone, to enable them see the glory of God.
Life is a mystery and full of many unanswered questions. Things can change so fast that it leaves us without any explanation or answers. The people who came to mourn with Mary and Martha couldn’t understand why God allowed Lazarus, a friend of Christ to die of this illness. The two sisters equally wondered why Christ delayed in coming after they’d sent for Him when their brother’s case became critical. They believed, if Christ had been there, Lazarus would not have died.
Whenever calamity strikes, we should always remember that God understands and is in control of everything. God is on the throne and never changes. We may never understand why certain things happen and why God, in His wisdom allowed them. If we can figure out everything that God does, then He will no longer be God. We must learn to accept what we cannot change and move on, especially after we have prayed fervently to prevent it. God certainly knows the best and will give us His best.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let go and let God have His way.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Daniel 11-12