Another verse that caught my attention today was from Daily Manna that I used for my daily devotions, from Rev Isaac Ong. “14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” 1 John 11:14-15.

Sometimes, or even most of the time, the impact would not have been as strong or memorable until the drastic has happened. Would it have been a greater impact if Jesus healed Lazarus, or to raise him from the dead after four days where the body would surely have started to rot? The word “Intent” is important, it appears Jesus intended it to be so.

This reminds me of the song “God never moves without purpose or plan”.

Rejoice in the Lord by Ron Hamilton

God never moves without purpose or plan.
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD, though your testing seems long.
In darkness, He giveth a song.

He makes no mistake.
He knoweth the end of each path that I take!
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

I could not see through the shadows ahead,
So I looked at the cross of my Saviour instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day,
Then peace came, and tears fled away!

Now I can see testing comes from above,
God strengthens His children, and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging, more fruit I will bear.



~ by ymsim on 2012/06/12.

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