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Daily Reading: 7th January 2015

 

John 11.20-22 cont.

20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet Him, but Mary sat in the house.

21 Then Martha said to Jesus: “Lord, if only you had been here my brother would not have died.”

22 and I know that whatever You ask God for, He will give it to You.

Mary and Martha must have been wondering why Jesus had not come to them. It is true that the message they sent to Jesus did not ask Him to come, but the implication was that they would have liked Him to. They had turned to Him in their time of distress, and they must have been thinking why Jesus had not turned up.

Perhaps we all go through those times when we wonder where Jesus is in our situation. Everything may be going well with us, but we do not feel the close presence of Jesus. Or we may be experiencing times of discomfort and distress, and the presence of Jesus feels a remote memory.

In those times it is easy for us to pray, saying the same kind of thing as Martha: “If only you had been here!”

The reality is that Jesus is always true to His promise to always be with us, to never leave us nor forsake us.

The truth is that no matter what we may feel, He is always with us, and He always will be. His presence with us is not reliant on what we feel, but on the promise that He has made. We can be absolutely sure that He will always keep His promises.

We can be totally sure that the words of Paul are as true today as they have ever been: [38] And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. [39] Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 8.38-39 (NLT).

Let us believe His word and disregard our feelings. The more we have faith in His words the sooner our feelings will come into line with what He promises.

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