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When a Woman meets Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valc√°rcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

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Devotional Week 37, 2019 Monday

Week 37 Monday

 

The Fragrance Of His Presence

 

Believe And Live  

 

Today’s Study Text:

 

“Jesus said to her (Martha), ‘Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone.” 

John 11: 40, 41 

Amplified Bible 

  

Exploration:

  

“God’s glory is at work in all things. Everythingthat exists, exists because it is held, sustained, enlivened by God’s wisdom and God’s power.” 

Arthur Macdonald Allchin 

 

Thoughts for Consideration:

 

How would I have felt if Jesus looked at me and in the moment of my greatest trial and deep anguish said, “Keep watching, for you are going to witness God’s glory with your own eyes?” 

  

What does it mean in my life to know with surety that when I ask for God’s presence in my life, He will answer my prayer by surrounding me with His glory? 

  

“As the capstone of God’s creation in this world, mankind exists to glorify God. The fact that sin entered the human race in the Garden of Eden did not change the purpose for our existence. It simply meant God would glorify Himself through (us) in a completely unique manner.” 

James Odens 

Lighting The Way To God

 

Inspiration:

  

“The glory of God is a silver thread which must run through all our actions.” 

Thomas Watson 

 

            Standing before the tomb of her dead brother, Martha appeared surprised by the actions of Jesus which exposed the decaying body of her brother to the crowd gathered within the graveyard. Noting Martha’s discomfort, Jesus responded with this reminder, “Did I not tell you?” These words of her Lord asked Martha to recall that Jesus had just a few moments earlier, promised her that not only would her brother live again, but it was also Jesus, her dearest Friend and Companion, who was “the Resurrection and the Life.” 

  

            I find Jesus’ tender response to Martha to be the most gracious for when any of us are in the midst of great heartache and pain it becomes difficult to remember the words of our Savior which brought comfort to our hearts in previous hours of despair. 

  

            Then Jesus continued with this gentle prompting: “‘(Martha), did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’” (John 11: 40, N.I.V.). We find that in the Greek, the word “pistênõ” gives us a much clearer understanding as we uncover what Jesus meant: “to have faith with respect to a person, to give credit or to entrust ones spiritual belief upon Christ, to commit and put your trust in one.” At this critical moment when Martha’s faith was stretched to a breaking point, her dear Friend, the Man she called the Messiah was asking her to, “Trust Him!” In her book, “Why? Trusting God When You Don’t Understand,” Anne Graham Lotz so beautifully shines a spotlight on what we can each do during those times when our comprehension of God’s way is incomplete: “The times when you and I can’t trace His hand of purpose, we must trust His heart of love!” But she doesn’t stop there, Lotz continues with this insightful observation.  “The kind of trust God wants us to have cannot be learned in comfort and ease.” As we return to our friend Martha, we find it is in front of her dead brother’s grave that she comes face-to-face with the reality that hers is the choice. She can trust when she can’t understand. She can believe when she can’t see what’s next. The great prayer warrior E. M. Bounds points out “trust always operates in the present tense.” It was in the here and now of her brother’s death that Jesus looked at Martha and asked, “Can you trust Me at your moment of greatest hurt?” The same question may be asked of you and me. “Can you trust Me when you’re down to your last cent?” “Can you hold on in faith when the pain won’t stop?” “Can you believe when your family is torn apart?”

            Author Terry Evans, in practical language, helps us better grasp what faith looks like in the middle of the incomprehensible: “Trusting God trumps understanding God. The train will have long left the station and left us on the platform if we determine to ride only with full understanding. Life will have passed us by. I’m choosing to trust the conductor and the track He’s laid down for me.” 

  

            So what did Jesus tell Martha would be the result of a belief that weathered the storm of uncertainty? I love Jesus’ straight-forward promise! Yes! It was a promise from Jesus, Himself. “’Did I not tell you and promise you (Jesus’ words not mine!) that if you would believe and rely on Me, you, Martha, would see the glory of God’” (John 11: 40, Amplified Bible). 

  

            In the words of hymn-writer William Cowper: 

  

“Inscribed upon the portal from afar 

Conspicuous as the brightness of a star, 

Legible only by the light they give 

Stand the soul-quickening words – 

Believe and Live.” 

  

            As Jesus looked at Martha, whose heart of grief was ready to burst, He asked her only to believe. Only to trust Him. To have faith that He loved her. And in return, she received a promise for that day clear through eternity – “You will see the glory of God!” That promise holds true for you and me today!

Affirmation:

 

Glimpses of Glory

 

“God of the high and holy places 

where I catch a glimpse of Your glory, 

above the low levels of life, 

above the evil and emptiness 

which drags me down, 

beyond the limits of my senses and imagination, 

You Lift Me Up.

  

In the splendor of a sunset, 

in the silence of the stars, 

in the grandeur of the mountains, 

in the vastness of the sea, 

You Lift Me Up.

  

In the majesty of music, 

in the freshness of the morning, 

in the fragrance of a single flower, 

You Lift Me Up.

 

Awe-inspiring God, 

when I am lost in wonder 

and lost for words, 

receive the homage of my silent worship 

but do not let me be content to bear 

Your beauty and be still. 

Go with me to the places where 

I live and work. 

Lift the veil of reticence behind which I hide. 

Give me the courage to speak of the 

things which move me… 

Help me to share my glimpse of glory 

until others are drawn to Your light.” 

Jean Mortimer 

  

  

Your friend,

 

 

Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author

When A Woman Meets Jesus

Dorothy@Transformationgarden.com

 

 

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