Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 108 Recovery Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
“Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe.” John 11:14-15
In 2010, a cave-in had left 33 men trapped deep underground in a copper and gold mine in northern Chile. The men battled despair during the initial hours when dust from the collapsed debris choked their lungs and cloaked the mine in darkness. They barely hung on over the next 17 days as they prayed for someone to find them. And when they finally were pulled through a new shaft to daylight – 69 days after their ordeal began – their triumph was all the sweeter for the depth of the challenge they had overcome.
It was an experience that will help them in future rescues.
In life, no one goes looking for trouble. No one enjoys being unemployed. None of us like difficult people and surely, none of us like to be ill. However, some of these will happen to us.
When they do we can choose to question like Martha, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (v.21) Or we can see that our obstacle is a veiled opportunity. As Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” (vv. 21-23)
Problems are not all negative. It may be there to display the power of God and an opportunity to gain new experience. If we never get sick, we won’t experience the healing of God. If we never had any financial struggles, we won’t know that our God provides. If we have never gone through challenges we may not know what His grace and mercy is like.
What is your problem today? Instead of fussing and being disappointed over it, why not try giving thanks to God that something beautiful will be discovered as you learn to trust Him with your faith.
Your problem isn’t the end. If you are with Jesus, it’s the beginning of a life changing opportunity.
Pr Lawrence Yap.