SEEK DAILY: Tuesday, 26/01/2021
Topic: Jesus Responds to Sisters’ Call
Scripture: John 11:1 – 11
Key Verse: “After he had said this, he went on to tell them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.'” John 11:11. NIV
Waiting for answers to prayers when it looks as if God is delaying can be sometimes frustrating. Nevertheless, it is evident from Scriptures that our heavenly Father hears and answers prayers.
When Jesus got word from Mary and Martha, that Lazarus (their brother and a friend of Jesus) was ill, He delayed two days before leaving to visit him. Jesus saw the situation as an opportunity to manifest God’s glory and not as one that will end in death, for he understood the law of timing. Two days later, he told His disciples, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up” (v.11), and He left for Bethany.
Jesus calls Lazarus His friend so He felt obligated to answer the call of his sisters. This implies that a bond of friendship must exist between Christ and believers for us to be certain of His response to our cry. He is not ashamed to call us His friends, therefore, we must consciously build our friendship with Him. Sometimes God delays His answer to allow for conviction, confession or repentance. Even in the midst of delays, He is in control of our affairs and His timing is never too late. His response will always be for our good and His glory.
RBT Passage: Exodus 35 – 37.
Insight: “God’s timing differs from man’s timing.”
Prayer: Holy Spirit divine, we present before Your throne the concerns of our lives, we plead O God, settle them today; we pray in Jesus Mighty Name. Shalom!