"'Can anything good come from Nazareth?' Nathanael asked. 'Come and see,' said Philip." --John 1:46Read: John 1 What a verse. What a story. (If you haven't already, I urge you to read John 1 before continuing. I'll wait.) Like I said, what a story. Oh, I'm sure Nathanael meant well. After all, so do you and I, right? We've asked the same. Just replace Nazareth with your hurt. Can anything good come out of your diagnosis? The unemployment? The heartache? Lord knows I've asked this year. Can anything good come out of this?
Sitting in crowded waiting rooms, watching my doctor go from room to room, just begged the question. But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I wouldn't be as close to the Lord today, I wouldn't have had a chance to share Christ with my neighbor, and I wouldn't have such a hunger for God's word. In fact, reading through the Gospels this month, I've come to realize more than ever that Jesus healed so many people physically in order to heal the world spiritually. Everywhere He turned, more healing, more believing.
It's no wonder Philip answered like he did. And I like to think he had a grin on his face when he said it: "Come Nathanael. Come...and see."
For Discussion: Can anyone relate to Nathanael? Ever asked his question? Tell me how God saw you through it. I'll wait.
P.S. Guys, if you didn't catch yesterday's entry, skip it and head straight to the prayer requests. Help us pray for each by name. I hope this week is already blessing you and those you love.