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John 11:1-44

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“But when Jesus heard about it he said, ‘Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.’ 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days.” v. 4-6

Does God allow bad things to happen?  That probably isn’t a fair question because we could go around and round about what we define as bad. But in this case Jesus allowed Lazarus to die so that God could be glorified when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

We have to understand that bad things happen!  Many times they happen because of the fallen world we live in.  But maybe a bad situation has happened to bring Glory to God.  This could sound morbid if you look at this the wrong way, but what if God used the loss of a loved one to get your attention?  Would that not be used to bring Him Glory?  What if God used the illness of a Child to remind you of His Unfailing Love and Faithfulness?  Would that not build your Faith.  God can use bad situations to bring people to a closer relationship with Him or realization of Him.  Sometimes it takes a situation like this for us to stop and realize how much we need God, thus giving Him Glory.

Join the Conversation – Has God used a bad situation to get your attention, to grow you as a believer, or to convict you of a sin?  Would you share with others so God could be Glorified?

“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.[e] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?’” v. 25-26

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