THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
John 11:40 (ESV)
BREAKING THROUGH GRIEF: WHAT DO I DO NOW?
John Patton was a missionary in the South Sea Islands. While translating the Bible into the language of the South Sea Islanders, he learned they had no word for “belief.” He racked his brain for months trying to come up with a word for “believe.” He couldn’t think of one. One day he was sitting in his study and he had an old chair there and one of the natives was running to get to him. And he ran into the office and just flopped. Patton said, “That’s it. That’s the word for believe, to just throw your whole weight on something. Just flop.” And in the South Sea Island New Testament that he developed, the word “believe” is translated “to put your whole weight on.”
On Sunday Mike shared the third question we ask when we are grieving is “What do I do now?” And the answer based on John 11:40 is to believe. It’s in grief that our faith is tested the most but also where it grows the most. Jesus promised that we would see God’s glory if we believed. In that moment they saw the glory of God in the miracle of Lazarus being resurrected. But in eternity they would experience the glory and joy of heaven.
Many of us want to believe God only in certain areas. But like the South Islanders learned, believing is putting your whole weight and trust in God. Are there any areas where you are not putting your whole weight on God?
Praise God for His glory and the power displayed at the resurrection of Jesus. Praise God for the promise that if we believe we will one day spend eternity in heaven.