God Knows What Is Best
"Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was." (John 11:5-6)
When Jesus' friend Lazarus was sick, everyone must have expected Jesus to go right away to help him. Lazarus's sisters, Mary and Martha, had sent the alarming message of their brother's serious illness to Jesus because they hoped that He would come quickly and heal him. But, strangely, Jesus did not go to help Lazarus right away. Two days went by, and Lazarus had died before Jesus and disciples began the journey to Lazarus's home at Bethany.
No one seemed to understand why Jesus had waited so long, allowing Lazarus to die. Before Jesus even reached the place where Lazarus lived, first Martha and then Mary sadly came to meet Him. Greatly disappointed, they told Jesus that if He had come earlier to heal Lazarus, their brother would not have died. Although Mary and Martha did not understand why Jesus allowed such a terrible thing to happen, Jesus had a special reason for not coming earlier to heal Lazarus.
Jesus asked that someone roll away the tombstone in front of the place where the body of Lazarus had been buried. Then Jesus called out, "Lazarus, come forth." Suddenly, the man who had been dead walked out of the tomb. Jesus had done something better than just making a sick person well. He had brought a dead man back to life! Jesus knew what was best.
Even though sometimes you may not understand why God allows things to happen as He does, God always knows what is best for you, too. Even though you may not understand why God doesn't answer your prayers the way you would like, He wants you to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). He always has a special reason for answering your prayers in the way that He does. Even though you, just like Mary and Martha, may become disappointed when God does not answer your prayers in the way that you expect Him to, God often has something better planned for you than you can imagine. "All things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28).
God knows what is best for you.
» Do I believe that God knows what is best for me?
» Do I trust God to do what is best even when He seems to allow bad things to happen?
Truth In Real Life
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”
Oswald Chambers was born into a pastor’s household in Aberdeen, Scotland, on July 24, 1874. When he was in his teens, after hearing Charles Spurgeon preach, Oswald was walking home with his father. He told his father that, had he been given the opportunity that morning, he would have trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His father stopped walking and led him to the Savior right there on the sidewalk.
At first, Chambers had no plans to enter the ministry. Instead, he studied at the Kensington School of Art, and then he attended the University of Edinburgh, where he studied fine arts and archaeology. While in college, he felt called to the ministry and transferred to a school where he could study the Bible. Unfortunately, he became bored with the Bible and thought it was “dull.” He did not feel that God was really with him anymore. He would continue to feel this way for four long years before discovering his true problem.
What was wrong with Oswald Chambers? He realized that he had been seeking God’s blessing and power so that he could live a happy and wonderful life – not so that he could please God. Once he realized this total selfishness, his attitude changed; and he began growing in his love for Jesus Christ and the Bible again. He traveled the world and told everyone about the Gospel. He started a school and shared many wonderful devotionals whenever he was invited to speak.
His wife took careful notes on each of his devotionals and made the decision to publish them into a book after Oswald Chambers died. The book is titled My Utmost for His Highest. Thousands have grown closer to God with the help of this God-centered book.
Do you enjoy your Bible reading, or do you find it boring? What might be wrong with your heart’s priorities?
Jeremiah 15:16 – Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.