Fortunately for us, Jesus committed Himself to God’s bigger picture.
Reference: “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” John 11:41 NIV
Explore: I’ve currently got two friends going for the same job. Both have prayed about the new position and feel that it fits well with their God-given gifts and where God has brought them to at this time.
The reality is, only one person will get the job.
Does that mean God loves one person more, or wants to bless them more? Or will it come down to their resume and human decisions?
We don’t often understand the bigger picture until after all the small pictures are finished.
Application: Reading through the passage of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, I was struck by the similarities to Jesus’ death. There was no torture, but there was the stone rolled over the grave and it taking a number of days for Lazarus to come alive again.
I wonder, when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, whether He looked back at the time He stood before Lazarus’ tomb. He had asked God to hear Him and God did.
As He looked His own death in the face and asked God to take the cup away from Him, did He struggle to understand why God would hear Him at Lazarus’ tomb and yet not hear Him before His trial?
Fortunately for us, Jesus committed Himself to God’s bigger picture. While He may have wanted the cup of sacrifice to pass Him by, He declared, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”
And because Jesus trusted God with the bigger picture, you and I can now live life to the fullest.
Prayer: Lord, may I have faith in You like Jesus, that when things are not going according to my plan I commit to Your bigger picture and declare, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Amen.
What do you need to hand over to God’s will and not your own?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.