What Jesus Did! 'Worship in the Shadows of Confusion and Grief' — John 11:31-32

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Jews who had come were with Mary in the house. They were comforting her. They saw Mary stand and leave quickly. They thought that she was going to the tomb {of Lazarus}. They thought she was going there to cry. So they followed her. Mary went to the place where Jesus was. When she saw Jesus, she bowed at his feet. Mary said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
— John 11:31-32 NLT
Illustration of John 11:31-32 NLT — "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

Key Thought

"Where could I go but to the Lord?" These words to an old hymn speak the truth of Mary's heart. Through her confusion and loss she comes and falls at the feet of Jesus. So often the evil one convinces us that our doubts, fears, confusion, and grief make us unacceptable to the Lord. But where else can we or should we go with these soul-wrenching concerns. If there is anything that the ministry of Jesus should teach us it should be this: we can come honestly to Jesus for truth, mercy, grace, help, forgiveness, cleansing, power, and love. Even if you don't know the "What?" or the "Why?" about the things going on your life, please know there is one waiting for you to share the burden of your heart.

Today's Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, I have some folks that are truly on my heart that need your presence and your blessing. I'm not sure if they can hold on to their faith much longer. Please minister in clear ways to them. I will continue to encourage them to come to you, but please, dear Lord, they need your help today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:17-18
  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Matthew 11:25-30


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.