Lazarus

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John 11:1-18, John 11:28-44, 1 Corinthians 15:12-18, 1 Corinthians 15:55

Lately, I’ve been considering how necessary it is to have friends. Long distance friends are great, of course. It’s crazy that we live in a world where we can pick up a device and have a real-time conversation while living on another continent, or even a mile away. But there’s something essential about the everyday friends you can text last minute when your car engine dies. Friends you can grab ice cream with on the hardest of days. Friends who don’t mind lingering in the living room because you both just really need to talk—about that one guy or interview or the latest book you bought on Amazon.

Christians often say that all we need is Jesus. While I understand where this sentiment comes from regarding Jesus, Scripture all tells us that our Triune, relational God created us for relationship (Genesis 1:26; 2:18), calls us His friends (John 15:15), and asks us to be His own hands and feet (1 Corinthians 12:4–12, 27). So, although it’s true that “Jesus and…” doesn’t accurately reflect how salvation works, it does reflect how community works. Even Jesus didn’t choose to minister in isolation. He allowed people to provide Him with food and relational support. Even Jesus had His own set of friends, one of them being Lazarus.

We don’t learn much about Lazarus firsthand from Scripture. We never “hear” him speak. Instead, we learn about him through the words and emotional responses of his sisters and his friends. “Lord, the one you love is sick,” said Mary and Martha in a concerned message about their brother (John 11:3). Jesus is equally troubled when he hears that his close friend has died. His emotional reaction gives away the depth of His affection, as the Jews watch tears fall from Christ’s face (vv.33–36).

You see, the centerpiece of this story isn’t Lazarus—it’s Jesus. The whole story is funneled through the lens of Christ’s love. Our Savior, the One who gave up life itself for three days, first experienced what it was like to give up His own friend. He was well-acquainted with loss, an experience that allowed Him to sympathize with us on a visceral, human level.

Revisiting the sentiment “All we need is Jesus,” maybe a better way to look at it is this: “Jesus is the only way to salvation, but we need each other to flourish in our God-given identity.” It’s not as snappy, but at least it’s true.

Remember that Jesus calls you His friend. You know that one person who will sit with you in your pain until you’ve exhausted every word in the English language? Or the one you can steal away to your favorite hiking spot with? Not only is Jesus your High Priest and Redeemer, but He is also that sort of friend.

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  1. Alicia McCann says:

    Thank you Jesus that I never walk alone because of you

  2. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I am so glad that this life isn’t all there is. I’m glad that God has given us new life right now and we will live forever in eternity with him. ❤️

  3. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I definitely have some friends who I can count on and who have been with my through life’s ups and downs, but our relationship is different than it used to be. I think a big part of this is because I am married now and am a mom. Having a little baby takes up a lot of time, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to hang out with friends. I try to prioritize my female relations as much as possible though, since I know how important these relationships are. I do long to have more opportunities to really do life with other young couples with kids.

  4. Amber Upton says:

    I am praying for this for you now Shay. I was the same way for a long time and have finally found this kind of friendship. Keep fighting for it!

  5. Shay Duling says:

    I am not very good at keeping friends. I had friends who I thought would last or be around for forever but that showed to be not true. I have a lot of acquaintances that I can talk too. However friendship like discussed in the devotional I don’t have. I wish to have great close accountability friends.

    1. Amber Upton says:

      I am praying for this for you now Shay. I was the same way for a long time and have finally found this kind of friendship. Keep fighting for it!

  6. Laurie Crary says:

    To all you sweet sisters who need a friend, I will be your friend!!!! I am not as faithful as Jesus, but I am a good friend.

    1. Shay Duling says:

      Thank you!!

  7. Alexis Padilla says:

    I struggle with making friends especially friends of faith. I tend to guard myself with people. This has shown me to be a little less guarded and more open to making friends. I pray that god will help me to develop friendships in the season that I am in and I pray that god will guide me in being open.
    God is good! ❤️

  8. Lehua K. says:

    Thank you to everyone for the prayers for my husband. I pray for those of you who shared similar struggles (Blessedbutterfly, Diana, Beth Ann) as well as those who shared prayer requests. Traci, praying for healing for your son. Clare, praying that God will speak to your heart in your dilemma. Hope, praying you will be able to persevere in God’s calling for you.

    My heart goes out to those of you who also shared struggles in connecting with others and finding lifelong connections. I have been there and please know there is hope for you. And there is nothing wrong with you, and if you hear those thoughts they are from the enemy. Do not believe it.

    Shannon, thank you for your thoughts on friendships and relationships.. I saved it to my journal as a reminder that we are still worthy because God loves us even if it’s a challenge sometimes to find and maintain deep, safe friendships here on Earth.

    Kirstyn, that’s a good point.. I believe Jesus is the finest example of empathy. He weeps when we weep. Thank you for sharing that.

    I agree, Erin B, that just because we live in these times of COVID-19, we don’t need to socially distance… Physically distance, yes. But we don’t need to distance the depth of our connections and our love for one another. Even for strangers and those we do not know. We all are struggling in some way during this time and season, whether personally or seeing loved ones go through struggle. In times like these, we should be standing with hearts united together, instead of our hearts standing apart in differences.

    Churchmouse, what a beautiful prayer. I saved it to my journal, thank you for always sharing your gift of words and reflection with us.

    Tina, thank you for the reminder of that hymn! And Maura thank you as well for that song reminder. Friends are Friends Forever is often used as a graduation song here, since there is a Hawaiian-style cover of that song. (I actually didn’t know the original was by Michael W. Smith until recently! Lol) Such sweet and melodious reminders of the blessings of friendship and community. Thank you all for being my spiritual community during this time. Blessings and love.

  9. Sarah says:

    Oops! My previous comment was in reply to Ashley P…not sure what happened!

  10. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing. I can relate to your situation…I think until I read what you wrote I subconsciously believed those lies too!

  11. Ashley Thomas says:

    I’m not very good at keeping “lifelong” friends. While I may keep tabs on people I went to high school and college with through social media, none of them are true friends. Certainly I have lots of acquaintances that I can chat with in social situations, but I lack a friendship described in the devotional. I moved way from all of my friends with my husband to a new state over 16 years ago. Even though I have lived here all this time, I have found it very difficult to make and keep close friends. I very much long for that sort of friendship in my life. Being a mom lives little “me”’ time.

    1. Tori Crawley says:

      I am exactly the same. Sadly I have few friends like you said.. “true friends.” A couple of people I read their posts on social media and think “oh that’s nice.” Or “I remember that” But no one I really talk to every day or think “oh my gosh I have to text so and so right now and tell them this.” I feel you. I hate it, actually. I’d love someone to be best friends with. And honestly there’s no real reason why.

  12. Fred says:

    I think this is a hard thing I’m dealing with now. I have friends in different states and countries, but none in my city. I’m working on finding friends, but there is a lot of rejection and failure. I keep praying that God helps me develop some friendships where I am at.

  13. Nicole Burgos says:

    Wow ❤️

  14. Shannon Lowry says:

    Know some people struggle with friendships and relationships— often feeling lonely and confused as to why everyone has someone yet they have no one. This is not reflective of your worth or your love, you with Jesus are complete. I do hope you are able to find those that lift you up but even if you don’t, you are so beautiful & wonderful and our Lord loves you so much. This world places such an emphasis on friendships and relationships that we often settle & take toxicity we do not need. You are more than a partner or a friend, you are a child of God and you are given His grace no matter who surrounds you.

  15. Ashley White says:

    ❤️

  16. Allison Whitlock says:

    My husband experienced a radical healing 6 years ago and since we’ve been focused on serving. Finding there’s never a shortage of people to pour into. Now the Lord has opened our eyes to the fact we were choosing to be around those who mimic our families, takers. While pushing away healthier individuals. We have no extended family relationships due to sexual abuse that was outed and refusing to emotional abuse.

    1. Allison Whitlock says:

      Please pray I learn to be a healthy friend, give and take.

  17. Ashley P. says:

    I’m a single, introverted 30 year old. I don’t have the kind of close friend described in today’s devotional, though I long for it. Growing up as an only child and even into adulthood I always had a best friend, up until about 8 months ago. Slowly, over the years, my friendships have changed…some friends moved, some were caught in sin and pushed me away like my most recent best friend (she is not a believer, though I pray for her salvation).
    I am thankful that I have quite a few friends in different circles, and some I’d even consider a close friend when we are together, but none who considers me a best friend. None who is a go-to person when I see something that makes me laugh, or want to spontaneously go to the lake, or who I can talk deeply about spiritual things. They already have their own best friends and spouses and it seems there’s just not room for me too, though I’ve tried.
    I used to think this was reflective of my worth. Like there must be something wrong with me. I must be unlovable, or a defective person who can’t make and keep friends. But God in his kindness has revealed those as lies. Lies I secretly believed for too long. Lies I sometimes feel creeping back and trying to get me to believe again.
    I don’t know why I lack the close friendships I desire, but I choose to trust God when he says he sees me, loves me, and I am valuable to him. I am more content in Jesus and in who he made me to be than ever before. I pray for him to bring me a friend (and a husband while he’s at it!) but trust him no matter what. And I continue to pray for the friends and acquaintances I do have and look for opportunities to serve others.

    1. Amy Pilcher says:

      Thank you for sharing! I feel the same and appreciate the perspective you brought.

  18. Nadine Hall says:

    Community. Can I just be super honest? I’m an assistant pastor’s wife and don’t know what it’s like to live life in community. I often feel very alone in my walk as a believer, a wife, and a mother. My husband is the best there ever was, and is such an amazing sounding board for all my Bible nerdiness, but I do not know the joy of deep spiritual friendship. I have friends and they are amazing believers, but we rarely connect over spiritual matters. My husband is interviewing at a new church next week, and as it’s always been hard for me to form deep friendships, my prayer is that I will find a sisterhood of women to do life with. Pastoral ministry can feel very isolating, and I’m tired of feeling like I have to do life alone. Can you pray with me on this?

    1. Ashley P. says:

      Praying for you, Nadine!

  19. Beth Ann McCormick says:

    Even faith is done in relationship, not alone. Thankful for this Word, this community today.

  20. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Praying for your husband to find The Truth Lehua.

  21. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    I am so grateful to have my truest friend be Jesus. I am also grateful for this SRT community. I don’t post much, but do read what others share.
    I, like some of you, long for a close Christian friend who I can sit down with, maybe have coffee or even just cry together. I’ve prayed for this for a long time. I am 52 and a grandma of five. Not many my age have the same experiences. It’s hard to find someone who wants to be all in for Jesus and have a friend who wants the same. I keep praying and asking the Lord to bring someone to me. I know, He will in His time.
    Meanwhile I appreciate all of you ladies. I appreciate the friendship with Jesus even more.
    Blessings to you all this first Monday in July. ❤️

    1. Ashley P. says:

      I understand your longing! Praying for you, sister.

  22. Dorothy says:

    Lehua, Clare, Lara, Autumn Porter, Traci Gendron, Hope, Mari V., Blessed Butterfly my prayers go out to you.
    Churchmouse, you have always been encouraging and knowledgeable and reliable. I have always appreciated your comments.
    Erin B., I totally agree. I recently moved and had my son, nephew, and friends help with the move. We all enjoyed the interaction and getting together. There weren’t more than 6 or 7 of us but still, we enjoyed being able to connect in person.
    Maura, thank you for reminding me of that song. That song is a beautiful song.
    Elisha Anne, your questions are ones I have often asked, especially when some major event in my life has occurred.
    Kirstyn Wright, you are so right. Isn’t that amazing.

  23. blessedbutterfly says:

    SO thankful for the friends and prayer with each other through this platform. All of your comments/revelations always encourage me. I ask for prayers of salvation for my partner. We are currently in each of our home countries and have not seen each other since March due to COVID. On the bright side, I am thankful for technology because we have been able to talk/facetime. Recently, we started reading the Bible together over the phone so I fully believe GOD IS AT WORK. I just pray not to lose strength and to continue leaning on the Lord when my heart desires to be with him in person. I know this time is difficult for everyone but I also want to be better at asking friends to pray along side me no matter how big or small. Thank you prayer warriors!!

    1. Ashley P. says:

      Joining you in praying for his salvation!

  24. Mari V says:

    @Lucretia, thank you for your words of encouragement. I needed to “hear” this right this moment as I am in line waiting inside a courthouse. I don’t know what comes next but for now here I am.

  25. Dorothy says:

    After reading Bailey’s devotion today, I’ll be writing, “Jesus is the only way to salvation, but we need each other to flourish in our God-given identity.” on an index card and putting it on my mirror where I can read it everyday. I may write it on two different ones and put one on the fridge also. I have found having that one special friend that will stick by you is so important. I have one and she was there when my son died and when my mom and dad died. There’s a song that talk’s about rising up like Lazarus — “Rise Up (Lazarus)” by a new group Cain that I thought of when I was reading this devotional.

  26. Hope says:

    I will be forty on the ninth. I have been working on this book since 2005 when I started graduate school. It has tested me, grounded me, lifted me, burdened me. I would like to finish because I see in another dimension the other books God wants me to write; they are piling up. I have felt unworthy, incapable, and also told as much. Please pray for me that I might finish the work God put in front of me for his glory. Pray that I believe hat God loves me, will come back for me, will remove the stone, unbind me, and call me forth back into new life. And yes, that really is my name.

  27. Diana Fleenor says:

    LEHUA: I pray for your husband’s soul to be awaken out of his dead state and he will believe in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. I’m glad he is open. My husband is in a more content state with his beliefs which do not stand on the faith that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Yet, I continue to pray for that to change.

  28. Diana Fleenor says:

    Last night I watch a sermon from my church and the “take away” was even if we are all alone in this world, “God is enough.” On one hand, I very much understand this is true. yet my mind went to the very thing this devotion brought out…we were made for community. So I asked the Lord to continue to bind these two paradoxical truths together in my mind and heart.

    It’s been along journey in pursuing community which might be able to accommodate my complex illness. Because so many everyday things people use on their persons or in buildings cause me debilitating reactions, the typical meeting together has not worked for many years. Ironically, Covid did not greatly affect my life because I was already doing the community I do have via the computer or phone (though these also must be limited because of reactions).

    As I consider Jesus’ words to Martha about believing you will see the glory of God, I’m praying for these same words to challenge my own hesitant soul, as they did Martha. So I say, ‘yes’ to removing the stone from the tomb of isolation with an expectant hope for the resurrection power of our Lord and Savior to be made evident somehow someway. I pray this not only for myself but for all of us as Covid has made distancing a common experience more so than the more marginalized experience that I and others have faced for years. Be blessed today sisters as the Lord strengthens our faith!

  29. Kirstyn Wright says:

    I noticed a year or so ago that Jesus doesn’t weep when He says Lazarus is dead. He only weeps AFTER he sees His precious friends weeping! He weeps when we weep!!!! ❤️

  30. Mari V says:

    HE knows my name!!

  31. Traci Gendron says:

    I also feel like Mary. I have been praying for a cure for my son, Tanner for over 30 years. We finally had a stem cell transplant trial he was going to be in. He didn’t pass the tests. I feel God has gone silent with me. I want and need to hear him so badly. I want His closeness. I need His comfort. I long to hear His voice.

    1. Emily Guerra says:

      You and your son Tanner are so strong! I would feel the same as you regarding God if i was in your situation. But, take heart! He has done miracles throughout all of time. I pray that He shows you His comfort, love and grace right now. ❤️

  32. Elisha Anne says:

    Jesus loved Mary and Martha sooo much that He stayed two extra days, after hearing about Lazarus!! Would we call this love???
    Do we trust that Jesus knows what we need always, even when it does not make sense? He knows what we need, and has a wonderful plan for His glory!! His power was greater displayed through Him waiting than His showing up when they wanted him too.
    May we trust Him all the more with His perfect timing. ♥️

  33. Alexis says:

    Praying for you Clare and Lehua- Clare; that you know that God is near and hears your prayers. Keep leaning in, keep searching and hoping. He never leaves.

    Lehua- praying that your husband comes to know Christ as his savior. Thankful that he has an open heart ready and willing to hear from his father.

  34. Maura says:

    Praying for your husband Lehua to find our Savior’s love and light and to understand what a precious gift it is. and for you Claire to hear Him singing over you and feel His joy and love overwhelm you. He is here, He does not abandon us, He is our help and salvation. May we seek you Jesus and find you in our conversations, daily tasks, in the crevices we get stuck in sometimes Lord even there you are with us. May your name be on our lips and our eyes on you Lord. Unwrap us from anything that keeps us bound Jesus and bring your glorious light that the world may know your beauty and truth. Shout a Hallelujah Sisters! Thank you for your words Churchmouse and Tina thanks for the beautiful hymn. It also brought to mind the Friends are Friends Forever song by Michael W Smith. I always loved that song as a child and think of all the Christians I have met in my life that have spoken Jesus to me and yes, we are not alone because we have Jesus, but also all the messengers He calls us forth with. What joy to speak Christ’s love to others and that is what I get from SRT daily. You all call me forth with what you share here as well. And one day I know I will get to thank you in person with Much joy as we sing praises to our King. Hugs and love to you all! Go forth Sisters!

  35. ADB says:

    And for you too Lara!

  36. ADB says:

    Praying fir your husband Lehua.

  37. ADB says:

    Praying for you Clare.

  38. Erin B says:

    Yes, we do need friends. It seems like a simple thought, but I do feel shamed sometimes for it’s truth in my life. When I was a single woman (and not living in a COVID world), having a few friendships of closeness and depth actually came pretty easily. Now? As a wife and Mother, it seems much harder because it’s almost never simple to plan. In this season where so many have retreated and pulled away from others in fear, it seems that real friendship (the kind that meets spontaneously to take a walk, or drops off dinner, or calls you to share excitement) is on hold. On Independence Day, our sweet and fearless older neighbors called us over to do sprinklers with them in their driveway— it was such a delight! Just to stand together, laugh and watch the sparks and the sun go down. Our society needs that. I need that. Jesus engaged with lepers and called his disciples to. Can we really let these recent events separate us from being and engaging deeply with other humans? I’m not sure we should.

  39. Autumn Porter says:

    Good morning SRT! This is my first time reading on the app. After reading Bailey’s devotional material about community and friendship. I realize that I don’t have this community in my life. I don’t have that close friend like she described. I moved to a new town last October and haven’t found that community yet. Today I am praying to find true friends who are encouraging and help gold me accountable to God’s Word.

    1. Mari V says:

      Good morning Autumn, I will be praying for you. I will be praying that you find “that“ friend. Over 20 years ago during my small group Bible study that was my prayer request. My new friend, (back then), Gretchen said, “I’ll be your friend“. We have been friends ever sense. We even had our boys within 2 months apart. 20 plus years later, we are still very close and our boys are too. They even were roommates this past school year in college. YES, God is good. If HE did it for me, He’ll do it for you!

  40. Lara says:

    I need to hear His voice too. I have given up, but reading this…maybe there is still hope. I’m praying for you.

    1. Lara Castillo says:

      I love that we have the same name…I’m sorry you feel hopeless. I will be praying for you.

  41. MARTHA HIX says:

    ❤️

  42. NanaK says:

    “What a friend we have in Jesus…”. Thank you Tina for sharing that song. I will also be singing it throughout the day and what a beautiful reminder it is…
    Lehua and Clare I am praying that your prayers will be answered and you will find peace from our Savior while you wait.

  43. Dee Wilcox says:

    Thinking about this story, how Thomas doubted, how Martha was so pragmatic in her grief, how Mary was heartbroken … Jesus delayed intentionally, knowing all would be well and their faith would be stronger than ever. Even in the test that was for their good, he loved them and felt such compassion that he wept with and for them. The Good Shepherd, with the heart of His Father, our true Friend.

  44. Nancy Singleton says:

    Lehua, I’m praying for your husband’s salvation. I’ve been there, & understand the pain & difficulties of approaching life from such different perspectives. God is faithful beyond any & all of our efforts. And Clare, I’m praying you feel the Lord’s presence & guidance in the midst of your dilemma, & that you can make a decision that brings you peace. Praying all you sisters are staying well as we’ve entered another month of dealing with so much sickness & turmoil in our world. Thanks to SRT for helping us to keep our eyes on Jesus & growing in faith!

  45. Churchmouse says:

    Lord, remove any stone that lies across my heart. Call me out and call me forth. Give me new life, a fresh revelation. Don’t leave me in any darkness but bring me out into all Your glorious light. Let me no longer sleep. Unwrap anything from me that hinders me from walking freely with You. Help me to leave dead things behind in the tomb and embrace the fulness of life You have for me. Right here. Right now. In this season. Amen.

    1. Laura Cahill says:

      This prayer is so beautiful. I’m putting it in my war room right now. Churchmouse you are such a gift from God. Thank you!

    2. Beth Ann McCormick says:

      Amen.

    3. Carolee M says:

      Amen! ❤️

  46. Churchmouse says:

    Praying for you, Clare and Lehua, as you seek the Lord’s will and way in both of your circumstances. And Tina, I’ll be singing that hymn all day! We are such a needy people. We need Jesus first and foremost and yes, we need each other. This pandemic has isolated many of us from our church family, unable to meet in person. I have personally felt this loss intensely. But God so graciously has provided She Reads Truth for such a time as this. SRT reminds me that church family can come and gather other than through the local church. I have truly found this site to be more family than my local church. I’m so thankful for each one of you every day. I do not know how long it will be before I will be able to attend a service in person, probably not until there is a vaccine. So until then, I seek community and faith friends technologically. Jesus gave me you. I thank all of you for serving me so well. Your postings deepen my faith walk and give me such encouragement and hope. Well done, church, well done.

    1. Jen Brewer says:

      Amen, Churchmouse! I have felt many of these same sentiments as well, especially as I am full term pregnant and have been isolating myself as well and likely will continue to do so with a newborn as well. Appreciate this community too. Thanks for always sharing and encouraging and challenging us to draw closer to Jesus ❤️

  47. Tina says:

    WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

    Joseph M. Scriven

    What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!

    Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.

    Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.

    Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
    Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing
    All to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
    There will be no need for prayer—
    Rapture, praise, and endless worship
    Will be our sweet portion there.

    I can not add to that except to say.. that I am so so very thankful for Jesus.. my friend.

    Thank you Jesus, thank you..❤

    Scatter joy Sisters, the Lord is with you!❤

  48. Kristen says:

    Yes, I’m praying for him! When I was listening online to one of the pastors yesterday, he mentioned the chosen too. He said that he cried at least once in every episode. He talked about how Mary Magdalene explained that she was one way, now she is changed. Jesus was in the middle that led to that change! His message was not just about the show. It was called: Jesus Freaks and it was good! Here is a link if you want to hear it: https://livestream.com/accounts/15306138/events/9191172

    Also, it hit me today. Jesus knee Lazarus was dead, but he wept. I’ve read or that Jesus cried because He saw what death did. This wasn’t God’s design for us. The garden was perfect, but sin has us in a fallen world. As she said: You see, the centerpiece of this story isn’t Lazarus—it’s Jesus. The whole story is funneled through the lens of Christ’s love. Our Savior, the One who gave up life itself for three days, first experienced what it was like to give up His own friend. He was well-acquainted with loss, an experience that allowed Him to sympathize with us on a visceral, human level. How amazing that Jesus really understands our pains and out troubles! Thankfully we can cry out to Him!

  49. Clare says:

    Thank you Bailey – I love how real this is ‘it’s not as snappy but at least it’s true!’
    I am also drawn to Mary… she stayed in the house. How gutted was she that Jesus had come oh so late? He was close by and she must have felt a growing sense of abandonment wondering ‘why isn’t he here’ why has He not answered us’. It seems to me like she is offended. I feel like this. I’ve been praying for specific guidance for 2 years and now we have come to a point where if we don’t hear the guidance we need, we are just going to have to make a decision. Why God? Why have you not spoken? Why have you not shown us the path… all we want is your will and way. I feel like I’m Mary now, filled with disappointment and let down. But when Jesus whispers my name I come running, I am so desperate for Him but just need to hear His voice. Am I the blind beggar on the road (what do you want me to do for you) or the Rich man (go and sell everything then follow me) I’m just not sure what God is saying. This narrative gives me new hope though… To me, it may seem too late, impossible and improbable.
    But God… oh Jesus please show up in this situation and speak, we want to hear you. Please help me not to be offended, This is my real response and all I know is – I just need You.

    1. Melinda Gray says:

      I appreciate the honesty of your words. I hope you receive the assurance you need soon.

  50. Lehua K. says:

    Thank God that we have a friend in Jesus. He is the best friend we could ever have and the best example of how to be in relationship with others.

    My husband and I started watching the Chosen today, and I am so thankful to those of you who had recommended it recently in the comments. It has rekindled my passion for studying and learning more about the gospel, and when I read these devotionals I can see it more vividly in my mind. My husband is not a believer just yet but he is searching and open. I have been praying earnestly for his salvation, for Christ to touch his heart and bring a very real experience to his life so that my husband can receive salvation. This has been challenging for me to let go and let God, but I am learning that His way is best and to simply obey when I am part of His way and plan. If you could please pray for my husband… Thank you dear sisters.

    1. Becky Kuiper says:

      Yes, praying for your husband.

    2. Beth Ann McCormick says:

      Praying, praying. My boyfriend does not know Christ yet either, and so I pray with you in such hope!