John 11, 41-42
Something to read
So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’
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Something to think about
Sometimes I have been known to have conversations designed to be overheard – this is especially entertaining in lifts, just as you are coming up to your floor. Though Jesus wasn’t being frivolous, there is an element of that in this passage. Jesus had so much faith in God – he knew that God was going to what he promised. But he needed to underline this for the people listening.
Our faith (well, certainly mine) is sometimes so small and fragile – I feel like the man whose son has fits (Mark 9), who says to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief.” I need to be reminded almost constantly that God hears me, and knows me, and especially, understands me.
Something to do
This is the moment before everything happens – the quiet before the storm. Find a moment of quiet in your day and sit and think about (and enjoy) the ‘now’, not the ‘next’. Make the most of it. Because tomorrow could be the beginning of something completely new for you (and for Lazarus)!
Something to pray
Father God, I believe – help my unbelief. Keep me listening to you, and help me always to know that you hear.
Today's contributor is Suzanne Elvidge, a writer who specialises in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, technology, business and ecological issues. Suzanne is the Ethical Living editor for surefish.co.uk, Christian Aid's community website.