What Jesus Did! 'Lord of Hopeless Causes' — John 11:17-19

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Jesus arrived in Bethany. Jesus found that Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. Bethany was about two miles from Jerusalem. Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary. They came to comfort them about their brother {Lazarus}.
— John 11:17-19 NLT
Illustration of John 11:17-19 NLT —  They came to comfort them about their brother {Lazarus}.

Key Thought

Did you ever notice that Jesus is the Lord of hopeless causes? Can you think of a funeral he attended that he didn't "ruin" by raising the dead person to life? Remember the time he provided a picnic for 5,000 from one boy's "sardine sandwiches"? Do you recall how he about sank the futile fisherman's boat with fish? Wasn't it amazing when he saved the terrified sailors by calming the seas they feared would sink them? So in what area of your life do you find yourself hopeless? Have you ever just admitted that you are powerless to face it and invited him in? It might be a bumpy ride, but he is still the Lord of hopeless causes! Cry out and ask for his help. Admit your need for his help right now. Then go share that admission and ask for prayer and accountability from another brother or sister in Christ. I believe you will discover that he can put the hope back in your cause!

Today's Prayer

Give me hope, O Lord, for I rely on you and trust in your gracious power to carry me through. I cannot win the battle I now face without your power, presence, and mercy. Please be near with power. In Jesus' mighty name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 6:1-8
  • John 9:19-24
  • Hebrews 11:39-40


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.