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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 6, 2012 - A Conflict With God’s Schedule

By Gary Rogers

God’s timing is not always the most convenient. This is evident in the raising of Lazarus from the dead. John 11:1-44 tells the story of Lazarus being critically ill. His sisters sent for Jesus. When Jesus received word of Lazarus’ condition, He didn’t get in any hurry about traveling to Lazarus’ side. He remained two more days where He was.

The dialog between Jesus and His disciples concerning Lazarus sounds like they had different objectives. Jesus said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up” (John 11:11, NIV). The disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better” (verse 12) Jesus said, “Lazarus is dead” (verse 14). Then Thomas said, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him” (verse 16).

I can’t help but see Jesus shake His head. Jesus wanted to show His power over death. The disciples didn’t get it. Jesus was anticipating a tremendous miracle. The disciples were contemplating either leaving Lazarus alone or dying themselves.

By the time Jesus reached Lazarus, he had been dead four days. Martha said, “Lord … if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (verse 21). She indicated that Jesus was late. If only He had been on time there would not have been the funeral and burial of her brother. Death instead of healing was the result of Jesus being late.

In the story when you look back at the very beginning, you see Jesus had a plan. Just after hearing about Lazarus being sick, Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4, NKJV). From the very beginning Jesus knew what He was going to do. No part of the details escaped Jesus’ knowledge. Jesus expected Lazarus to die. He even announced it to His disciples. Jesus anticipated raising Lazarus from the dead.

“If you can’t trust My timing, trust My character.” I don’t find this quote in Scripture, but it sure sounds like something Jesus would say. It looked like Jesus was late making it to Lazarus, but He was right on time. It looked like the situation was hopeless, but Jesus was about to turn it all around.

When God’s timing doesn’t meet with your schedule, trust Him. He always has a better plan.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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