Joni And Friends 26 January 2024 Devotional Message
Joni and Friends 26 January 2024 Devotional Friday Message. As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
TOPIC: Be Late for Something
“While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ they said. ‘Why bother the teacher any more?’ Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” – Mark 5:35-36
The Procrastination Club of America has proclaimed a certain day each year as “Be Late for Something” Day. If you’re like me, you don’t have to join; you’re already a charter member.
Even though I try hard to be on time, sometimes I’m just late. But the most interesting things can happen when you’re late. Sometimes actual miracles. Have you ever noticed how many wonderful things took place while Jesus was on the way to somewhere? He was walking down the streets near Jericho, and a blind man grabbed his attention and distracted him. He was on the way to see Lazarus (who had just breathed his last), when he got delayed—not just for a couple of hours but for a couple of days. Jairus asked Jesus to please come heal his sick daughter, but when the Lord started out, he was interrupted by a woman with a hemorrhage.
Each delay brought good things: a blind man was healed; a woman with a hemorrhage was cured; Jairus’s daughter and Lazarus were raised from the dead. Sometimes God’s best plans are hidden in that inconvenient phone call that interferes with your routine, or in a conversation someone engages you in that makes you late for an appointment. Who knows—it could even be a miracle.
Try to stay on schedule today, but if something happens and you end up being late, just remember the Lord. Jesus took delays in stride and used them for everyone’s benefit. Amazing things can happen when you’re late.
Time is in your hands, Lord. Help me to remember that when the line in the grocery store is long, the phone won’t stop ringing, or a friend indicates she needs to talk. Remind me to relax so I can be part of anything amazing you might want to do through me or for me.