In John 20:1-18, we read about Mary Magdalene. The Lord Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. On the first day of the week, with a grateful and loving heart, Mary Magdalene, who was delivered from the clutches of seven demons, came to the tomb while it was still dark. There she was shocked to see that the stone had been taken away. She ran and informed this to the disciples. Peter and John, the beloved of Jesus ran in and could not find the body of Jesus. The linen clothes were there. Baffled over this, the disciples went back to their place. But Mary did not have the heart to leave the tomb and stood there, weeping that she could not find the Lord. Knowing her true love, the Lord Jesus, who rose up from the dead, as per His promise, appeared first to her as Christ. The reason why this poor woman got this privilege is the faith that she had on Jesus though she had not seen Him. This is what St.Paul calls as sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5,6). The Bible says, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ (Romans 10:17).
Mary Magdalene, who did ministry along with the Lord, received such kind of strong faith by listening to His words more and more. "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29). If our faith has to be strong, we need to take in His words more diligently (Ezekiel 3:3; Jeremiah 15:16). This faith would help us stand firm in the midst of struggles in our daily life.
STRONG FAITH IN GOD!
Several years back, my husband Bro.Dhinakaran and my daughter Angel fell sick simultaneously. Everybody thought that my daughter, who was then five years old, would die. At that time when I was languishing in tears, my only comfort was Jesus. I took the Bible in my hand and didn’t know which portion to read. My pain was intense and there was none to comfort me. It was then I remembered the man of God, Job and how he clung to the Lord despite the terrible path he underwent. Deciding to follow Him, I began to read the Bible. As I kept reading, I felt as if God was speaking to me as the Bible says, ‘For the word of God is living and powerful’ (Hebrews 4:12). The faith that Job had came into me. It gave me the strength to plead to the Lord, without anxiety. The Lord did a miracle and healed my daughter within a few days. My husband too was healed completely within few months and was blessed like Job in double measure and was used by God.
WAIT FOR THE LORD!
Dearly beloved, the fellowship with God could be gained only through Bible reading and prayer life. As you seek Him faithfully, He will be with you. Commit yourself humbly in the presence of the Lord. He will make you strong. “…the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32). Pray continuously, receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit and get filled with the strength given by God. Then you will not have any fear.
When you wait at the feet of God with great faith, He will certainly answer your prayers. The Scripture says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). Prayer is the only way to gain victory over all your problems, however big they may be. The Lord will answer your prayer and show you great and unsearchable things which you do not know.
Loving Lord Jesus,
I seek You with wholehearted devotion. I patiently wait at Your feet for your help. Empower me with Your strength to overcome my problems. Help me to find victory in all areas of my life. Grant me Your abundant blessings. May I lack nothing in my life. I give You all praise.
In Your matchless name I pray.