Bible Studies Devotional By Lynne Conley / last year Share Tweet Pin Share Difficulties in Our Lives Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. (Psalm 32:7 KJV) Mary and Martha were sisters who lived in town called Bethany. Jesus loved Martha, Mary and their brother, Lazarus. Jesus entered Martha’s house, and she welcomed him into her home. Martha was troubled about the meal she was preparing for her visitor. Mary was at the feet of Jesus instead of helping her sister prepare the meal for Jesus. Martha said to Jesus,’’ Don’t you care I have to make this meal by myself? Jesus, please enlighten my sister that I need help with the meal.” Jesus answered her, ‘’Martha, Martha; you are so worried and troubled over many things. Your sister, Mary, has chosen the best part which will not be taken away from her.” Does this really mean Jesus cared more for Mary than Martha? No, they both had something different and unique to give to Jesus. Martha needed to focus on loving her neighbor as herself and to be a servant of Jesus. Martha had a servant’s heart and wanted to be sure that Jesus was well fed. Mary was like a young child at the feet of Jesus; she didn’t want to miss one word Jesus was telling her. Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus was not well. Both of them sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was very sick. Jesus risked his own life to go see about His friend’s sickness. By the time the disciples and Jesus arrived to see about Lazarus, he had been dead four days. Jesus finally came and Martha met him in the road. She began to tell Jesus, ” Lord if you were here our brother wouldn’t have died.” He began to tell her this, “Lazarus is just asleep; I will awake him up.” Mary was in the house sitting so still. Martha plainly showed her great faith in Jesus. Martha confessed that Jesus was the resurrection, and it’s recorded in the scriptures this way, “She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:27 KJV). We all have distractions in our everyday lives. God’s people don’t always sing in the midst of trials. There are times that we have to have faith that God will see us through. Many times we have said “God where are you? What have I done to deserve this trial?” We have to rehearse this in our minds; all my tomorrows must pass by the Lord before they come to me. Even through sicknesses, death, pain, trouble, heartache, God has to approve it before it comes to us.