God’s Greater Purpose
“This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
John 11:4, niv
Why does God let things go from bad to worse for those He loves—those like me? Like Martha and Mary?
Yet, consider this: When Jesus expressed words of encouragement concerning Lazarus’ condition, Lazarus had already died! (John 11:4) Was Jesus lying? Was His promise some sort of empty “hope so”? Was He just toying with Martha and Mary’s feelings? NO! What Jesus said meant . . .
that Lazarus’ sickness did not have physical death as its ultimate purpose.
that God has a greater purpose than our immediate comfort.
that getting what we want, when we want it, is not always the best for us or glorifying to God.
Would you tell God now, in prayer, that you want what He wants more than what you want? Then trust Him!
Why? (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2004).
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