Saturday 8th February, 2014
Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up
yet unto this feast; for my time is
not yet full come.
John 7:8
19:16-23:18; Psalm 34:1-10
Read: John 11:39-44
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the
stone. Martha, the sister of him that
was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by
this time he stinketh: for he hath
been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not
unto thee, that, if thou wouldest
believe, thou shouldest see the glory
of God?
41 Then they took away the stone
from the place where the dead was
laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and
said, Father, I thank thee that thou
hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me
always: but because of the people
which stand by I said it, that they
may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he
cried with a loud voice, Lazarus,
come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth,
bound hand and foot with
graveclothes: and his face was bound
about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto
them, Loose him, and let him go.
God is never too early, and He is
never too late. His timetable is set on
purpose; the purpose is not only for
your sake but also for His. In all
things, His name shall be glorified.
No doubt, He would have been
glorified healing Lazarus of his
sickness, but this cannot compare to
raising him from the dead after four
days. God works according to His
own time-table. His time-table is not
necessarily in tune with your own
time-table, even when it concerns
situations or issues of your life for
which you desire His intervention.
Being the perfect God that He is, His
time-table is the perfect one and not
yours. Your case will soon become a
testimony that will bring you great
joy and celebration; your testimony
will also bring great glory to God, in
Jesus’ Name. Keep resting in Jesus,
keep trusting in Him, and don’t shift
your focus from Him. You are on the
verge of God turning the table in
your favour and turning it against
your enemies.
The attributes of God’s nature such
as omnipotence, omnipresence and
omniscience are demonstrated in the
way His timetable works. His love
moves Him to seek the good of His
people and to desire their peace, joy,
fulfilment, health etc. By His
omnipresence and omniscience, He
sees and knows all that is going on,
even to the smallest detail. Through
His omnipotence, He has the ability
to effect the required and desirable
change – for example, He can make
a ninety year old woman conceive a
child, as was the case with Sarah. He
can bring back to life a decaying
corpse, as was the case of Lazarus,
the brother of Martha and Mary (John
11:39-44). He can also make a
woman to have natural birth after
three previous births by caesarean
section, as He did for my wife. God,
by His omnipotence is even able to
bring back lost opportunities, such as
in the life of Abraham, who in spite
of working out his own plan to fulfil
God’s purpose for his life, still
received the true seed of promise,
though his action and expectation
should have aborted God’s original
plan for his life (Genesis 17:16-19).
What more can we hope for? When
God is at work, the impossible
becomes possible, the irreversible
becomes reversed, and the hopeless
becomes hopeful. He can rewrite
history with your life. For someone
using this devotional now, your
accepted time is now. Your story is
changing from a shameful or
reproachful one to an enviable one.
You will forget quickly the pain and
sorrow of your past by the change of
events which will occur soon in Jesus’
Action Point:
Extol God for all His attributes: love,
power, faithfulness and others. Tell
Him you love and will serve Him with
all your heart. Then tell Him what
you want Him to do for you.

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