by Sal Huckel
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He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead’ (Luke 16:31).
We begin a week of reminders about truth.
This is one of my favourite Gospel stories about wisdom that is so helpful in our Christian walk. It’s perhaps not so well known to many. In fact, it’s sometimes known as being about ‘the other Lazarus’.
We may spend so much time trying to convince others of the truth in a particular situation, knowing that ‘the truth will set us free’ (John 8:32). Sometimes, we cannot understand why we are not experiencing that promise in earthly terms.
Remember this story the next time you are discouraged, disadvantaged or persecuted, or maybe simply praying earnestly for a family member who has a miracle right before them – and still does not believe.
As if we don’t need any more reminders – we do know, of course, that there were people who saw a man rise from the dead (Jesus) and did not believe. Even some of Jesus’ close followers needed a nudge or to touch his hands and side.
Whatever situation you are in right now, where others simply will not believe, remember: You are in the best company: Jesus’ company!
Some couldn’t see any miracle at all. Even when a man was raised from the dead, they would not believe. We do not have a God who only acts by ‘our works’. We have a God of miracles; they are his. We remain faithful in prayer.
Lord, open our eyes and ears to see and hear your truth. Give me patience when I cannot persuade with testimony and truth known to you and others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they have six wonderful children – now an entire worship band as they serve together in ministry. Sal wears many other hats: she loves writing, speaking, and working as a wellness coach for Weight Watchers.