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Friday February 7th 2014

Accepted Time I
Memorise: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
God in His perfection has His own ways of doing things. One of such ways is that He has a timetable by which He works, and He fellows it strictly. This is demonstrated in the way He handled the case of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha (John 11:1-8). The Bible says He loved this man and his two sisters. Because of this love, the sister of Lazarus were in no panicky state at all when he fell sick because they knew that all they needed was for Jesus to hear that His friends was sick and He would rush to the scene and heal him immediately. How mistaken they were. However, God knew of the condition of Lazarus even before it happened. The Bible says:
“Know unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”
Acts 15:18
Larzus’ sisters waited for Jesus to come till the time they concluded it was all over. They were not disappointed at the end because when it was time for Him to act according to His timetable, their mourning turned to joy and they sang a new song.
If you are truly His child, walking upright before Him, be aware that He knows of that experience you are having for which you earnestly desire a change. He is just getting aware of it now but He knew about it before you were born. How amazing! When He stepped into the case of Lazaus according to His own time-table on the fourth day of his demise, the hopeless situation became a great testimony. Has His “delay” made your case worse, or has you case degenerated and decayed, just like the body of Lazarus in the grave for four days? I have good news for you: the Lord will step in and yours shall be a mighty testimony, and great joy shall follow in Jesus’ Name.
Note that while the disappointment of Martha and Mary lasted over their dead brother, it was not reported that they got angry with Jesus. In grief, they did not consider Him less than they had taken Him to be. They did not blaspheme or say rubbish against God. There is no doubt that they were pained because Jesus did not come around at their own timing when supposedly, there was still hope. Nevertheless, their response to Jesus was still that of reverence (John 11:32).

Key point
Ensure you do not get angry with God when faced with trouble. This could compound your problem.

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