Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - He Has The Final Say

Sunday July 2
Trinity 3
(St. Thomas, the Apostle)

Bible Reading:     John 11: 1 - 6
Topic:                  He Has The Final Say

Contrary to expectations, Jesus delayed rushing off to Bethany when He got the frantic message for help from Lazarus sisters, Mary and Martha.

Jesus knew that He had the final say in Lazarus' case.

Therefore when He proclaimed that the sickness will not end in death, He was not saying that the sickness was not capable of killing him, but that He had authority over all of life's issues.

But it should also be noted that He reserves the exclusive right to determine when and how He responds to us in our times of need.

Jesus cares for us and wills that we prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper (3 Jn. v. 2)

Jer. 29: 1 makes it clear that His plans for us are for good and not for evil yet He desires that we learn to trust Him in all situations.

Apostle Thomas whom we remember today wanted to see the resurrected Christ before he could believe, Jesus reminded him that those who believe without seeing are blessed (Jn. 20: 20)

Just as Lazarus sickness would not end in death, so life's storms would not mark the end of the road for you, child of God.

Remember that our impossible situations most often reveal God's glory in and through our lives.

Precious Lord, let me live daily in the confidence that You my Redeemer have the final say in my life in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Jn. 11: 4
"When Jesus heard that (Lazarus sickness), He said: This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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