Daily Feast – February 18

Building Relationship With God In Comfort

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick...So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was...So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days...Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again...Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me...Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”  And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” - John 11:1-44

Jesus, the beginning of all things came in the form of man to save the entire human race from eternal damnation. In his humanity, he grew up like any other person. He had a company of friends who were close to Him, and they knew who he was; they knew he carried the ultimate power of God. For instance, Martha and Mary set their love upon Jesus because they understood too well that He was the saviour of the world, the Redeemer of mankind.

The two sisters sent for Jesus in their hour of need because they had an existing relationship with him. In your personal life also, you will begin to enjoy God and His best if you know how to relate well with Him.

Many people in our world look for help only when they are in trouble. Secondly, they remain helpless in such times because they did not take time to develop a strong relationship ahead of trouble.

We cannot wave aside the fact that there are troubles on earth, but God does not want us to approach him only in such times, like the fire brigade men, will not act until there is a fire outbreak. God wants you to know Him in your moment of comfort, and not only in your moment of troubles.

Martha, Mary and Lazarus had an intimate relationship with Jesus; so when they had trouble, they knew exactly where to go. Beloved, the essence of knowing God is not to wait until you have problems before you pray. God wants you to have a personal relationship with him.

Prayer: Father, Help me to grow in my personal walk with you. Help me to grow in intimacy with the Godhead and to live a life pleasing to you in Jesus name.

Further Reading: Psalms 138:1-8, Psalms 23:1-6
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 1:1-3:17; Mark 1:29-2:12; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 9:13-18

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