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The Father Knows Best

Posted: Wednesday, May 20

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23  

Verse of the day:

When he heard this, Jesus said, “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)

Mary and Martha sent messengers to tell Jesus that Lazarus was sick.  What did Mary and Martha want Jesus to do?  They wanted him to come right away and heal their brother.  What did Jesus do?  He waited two days. (John 11:1-6)  It didn’t make sense to Mary and Martha.


After the two days Jesus says to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea”.  This is not what the disciples wanted to do.  They said to Jesus, “A short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?” (John 11:7-8)  What did Jesus do?  He went to Judea.  It didn’t make sense to the disciples.


Mary and Martha didn’t know that the plan was not to just heal Lazarus, but to raise Lazarus from the dead.  The disciples didn’t know that the plan was not to hide but that even more people would believe in Jesus, including themselves.  The plan was for God’s Son to be glorified (John 11:4) and for people to believe in Him. (John 11:14, 27 & 45)  Whose plan was it?  It was God’s plan, not man’s.


Our minds our finite.  Our capacity to learn and store information is limited.  We only see one pixel of the image, one piece of the puzzle, one word of the novel, one frame of a movie and one stitch of the tapestry.


But God, He sees everything and knows everything and is all-wise.  He sees the whole image, puzzle, novel, movie or tapestry.  We may think we know everything sometimes, but we don’t.  However, we know the one who does.  If you don’t know Him, go to http://www.oakcreekag.org/accepting-jesus/.


The next time you don’t understand God’s working, ways or timing, remember we don’t know everything, but He does.   God says this in Isaiah 55: 8-9. “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.   ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”  His ways are so much higher than ours.  Trust Him.  He knows what He’s doing.