FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
But when Jesus heard it He said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
John 11:4 (CSB)
BREAKING THROUGH FROM GRIEF TO GLORY
Professional golfer, Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33. He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit. He wrote, “A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die from cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I’m going to die eventually anyway, whether from cancer or something else. It’s just a question of when. Everything I had accomplished in golf became meaningless to me. All I wanted to do was live.” Then he remembered something that Larry Moody, who teaches a Bible study on the tour, had said to him. “Zinger, we’re not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying. We’re in the land of the dying trying to get to the land of the living.” Paul Azinger recovered from chemotherapy and returned to the PGA tour. But that bout with cancer deepened his perspective. He wrote, “I’ve made a lot of money since I’ve been on the tour, and I’ve won a lot of tournaments, but that happiness is always temporary. The only way you will ever have true contentment is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m not saying that nothing ever bothers me and I don’t have problems, but I feel like I’ve found the answer to the six-foot hole.” (Robert Russell, “Resurrection Promises”)
When Jesus raised Lazurus from the dead, He was showing His power to answer our “six-foot hole” question, “What happens when you die?” The point of Lazarus’ resurrection was to show the glory of Jesus. Eventually, Lazarus would die again. But he would wake up in heaven.
God wants to use our grief to be glorified by either delivering us from it or sustaining us through it. One day we will all die an earthly death, unless Jesus returns first. After death, we will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Faith in Jesus is the only way to spend eternity in heaven with God. If you haven’t professed your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, do it today.