Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DAILY DEVO...waiting time is not wasted time

Even in His resurrection, Jesus showed humility and love. We see that in today's Scripture reading in the book of Mark...

(Mark 16:8) "When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons."

Some commentaries say that Jesus spoke to Mary Magdalene first to show His attention for the weak. I'm not saying that women are weak, but, in the culture of that particular time, women were not considered to be in a high status.

Mary Magdalene may not have been one to have much prestigious power but she was the one who remained at the tomb. Look at what happened when Mary arrived at the tomb and found it empty...

(Mark 16:10) "She went and told those who had been with Him and who were mourning and weeping."

(Mark 16:11) "When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen Him, they did not believe it."

Jesus appeared to Mary because she was there at the tomb waiting on Him. No one else was. And when the others heard the news of the empty tomb, they were doubtful, perhaps even afraid.

When we wait upon the Lord, there should be no fear or doubt. Even though the disciples were with Jesus all through His days of ministry, they could not wait on Him to show Himself again. So that left Mary.

She waited alone. She sought Him in the dark, in the early dawn, she cried, worshipped and she waited on God.

The question I have to ask today is this: when everyone else turns their back on you, on God - will you remain? Will you wait for God or will you turn in fear and go your own way.

I pray that in your waiting period that God will reveal Himself to you as He did on that Resurrection morning to Mary Magdalene. Waiting time is never wasted time.


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Numbers 19-20, Mark 16, Psalm 16:1-7

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