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About Joy of My Heart with Anne Graham Lotz

From the moment your eyes open to the last minute of the day, your life is filled with nonstop action. If you aren't careful you can become so overwhelmed in meeting the demands of life that you forget to spend time with your Creator and Sustainer. Our daily devotionals written specifically for women in all walks and stages of life, will change the outlook of your day and give you the inspiration you need! Spending any amount of quiet time in the Word of God will refresh and encourage. Find a Bible devotion here and see how God can work through you to make today a joyful day!

Joy of My Heart with Anne Graham Lotz - July 17

July 17

God’s Greater Purpose

“This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

John 11:4, niv

Why does God let things go from bad to worse for those He loves—those like me? Like Martha and Mary?

Yet, consider this: When Jesus expressed words of encouragement concerning Lazarus’ condition, Lazarus had already died! (John 11:4) Was Jesus lying? Was His promise some sort of empty “hope so”? Was He just toying with Martha and Mary’s feelings? NO! What Jesus said meant . . .

that Lazarus’ sickness did not have physical death as its ultimate purpose.    
that God has a greater purpose than our immediate comfort.  
that getting what we want, when we want it, is not always the best for us or glorifying to God.       

Would you tell God now, in prayer, that you want what He wants more than what you want? Then trust Him!

Why? (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2004).

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