• 77°

Weekly Devotion – John 11:11

By Mike Caton

John 11:11, After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

Isn’t sleep a blessing? After a long, hard day you come in, take a shower and get comfortable. Then you stretch out, maybe on the couch or in a favorite chair, the TV is on for a little relaxation or perhaps you curl up with a book and then you begin to slowly fade out. You rest, your body recharges, things have a way of looking different after a short nap or a good night’s sleep. In fact, God designed out bodies knowing they would need rest; God rested on the seventh day of creation to set an example for us; not because he needed to rest, but because he knew we would. It is one of the Ten Commandments. Sleep is mentioned 75 times in the Bible. And although rest is a good thing, it can be abused; too much sleep, too much rest, is a bad thing. The Bible often condemns the lazy.

But that is not the case with Lazarus here. He is sick and asleep. We might wonder – the disciples surely did – about why Jesus would go and wake him up. One thought that sticks out here, we need to trust God’s timing, God’s plan. We might not understand it, it might make no sense to us, but we need the faith to trust that whatever God does is right. Even though it might make not make any sense to us, if God is telling us to do it, we need to do it, and we need to do it then.

This is easier said than done, we all know that. But faith requires action.

Father, help me trust and obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works part time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.

READ ABOUT COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

ALSO OF INTEREST:

Reflections by the Sea: June

Weekly Devotion – John 11:5

Lifestyles

New bicycle exhibit opens at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to five years in prison, three years of supervised release for firearm charge

Crime

Two men dead after interstate shooting in North Carolina

Lifestyles

Hundreds gather to witness release of two sea turtles at Coquina Beach

News

Major North Carolina hospital systems to require staff to get COVID-19 vaccine

News

Firefighters rescue multiple children from North Carolina house fire

Lifestyles

Outer Banks Community Foundation grant deadline nears

Crime

Cooper announces reward for information on Guilford County murder

Lifestyles

Fascinating fasciation: Roanoke Island garden experiences rare phenomenon

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to over 17 years in prison for soliciting minors for photos

News

Opioid settlement: North Carolina’s share could be $750M

News

Cooper moves to end North Carolina’s statewide mask mandate

Crime

Uber driver charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting customer in North Carolina

News

Convenience store stop for gas, hot dog and scratch-off tickets yields $200,000 prize for North Carolina man

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to over 17 years in prison for stabbing detention center guard

News

Kitty Hawk trail connector a team effort

News

Former North Carolina Rep. Melanie Goodwin remembered as a trailblazer

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for ammunition charge

Business

COA receives donation from Paul Mann Custom Boats, Inc.

Business

Willie Mae Overton celebrated for 60 years with Elizabeth City hospital

Lifestyles

Dare County holding back to school COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Lifestyles

Christmas in July event coming to Kill Devil Hills

News

Dare County update on COVID-19

Crime

NC court rules magistrate can be sued for damages over misdirected commitment paperwork