“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame…” (Isaiah 54:4)
I love the story of Martha, Mary and Lazarus in the bible. These were people (a group of siblings) who loved Jesus and believed in Him, but that didn’t exempt from life’s challenges. (See John Chapter 11). These siblings faced a serious test and it was public. Their brother Lazarus became sick, they prayed and Jesus gave a promise all would be well…but Lazarus died. Notably, and relevant for today’s blog, I want you focus on how God allowed people around Martha and Mary to witness their trying time, and see them at a time when it looked like the God they served was too late. This was not for their shame, but for the glory of God, so that these spectators would also believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. In doing so, when the those onlookers are faced with a trial, or a dead circumstance, they will know to call on the God of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus to have even the deadest of things resurrected! Perhaps you, like myself, have wondered why God allowed people to witness your most difficult times, especially since that can be a trial in and of itself. Well, it certainly isn’t to shame you. God has promised, “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed. Neither be disgraced…” (Isaiah 54:4). And again, God promised, “My people shall never be put to shame” (Joel 2:26). Therefore, know and believe that no matter what you may be facing, and who may be witnessing it, God hasn’t allowed the onlookers to see you in defeat… He has had their eyes turned toward you, because that is exactly where He is manifesting His glory!
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