Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 21, 2017

No Pouting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

John 11:20-21 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. (NIV)

 When we read this section of scripture we seem to concentrate on the conversation Martha had with Jesus.  Have you ever thought about why Mary stayed home.  She chose not to go see Jesus as her sister, Martha, did.  It appears she was upset with Jesus.  Maybe even angry.  She had seen Jesus heal so many people yet He didn’t care to come as soon as he hears Lazarus was sick.  If He had come, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.  We can understand her being upset with Jesus.  What about us?  We pray for something and it doesn’t seem to get answered.  We want to see it come about in our way and our time.  We remind God of His promise to answer our prayers but they seem unanswered.  At least, the answers we want don’t seem to be there.  Jesus was going to answer Mary’s prayer for the healing of Lazarus but He would do it in His time, in His way and for His purpose and God’s glory.  We are short sighted and tend to pout when we don’t get what we want when we want it the way we want it.  Faith says we give our need to God in trust for His provision in His way and in His time.  After we state our needs, we turn our request into thanks that God has heard our prayer and is in the process of answering in His way and time.  This is reverence, recognizing God is the ultimate authority, knows what is best and loves us enough to take our requests and will answer them in His perfect way and time.

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