This account of GOD’S timing and what seemed like a delay is on my heart tonight. There was an unexplainable delay, but in the end, the miracle arrived.
“So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” (John 11:3 NLT)
They knew Jesus, they loved Jesus, they needed Jesus, they asked for His help. They believed He could do what needed doing. They waited. Their faith was steady, sure and strong.
“So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days.” (John 11:5, 6 NLT)
Fully aware of their need, fully able to do what they asked, He did not. Can you imagine their confusion? Perhaps they felt betrayed, abandoned. Maybe their faith was shaken just a bit. It could be they were angry in the midst of their pain. When Jesus finally arrived – it was too late. Hope was lost, or so it seemed.
“When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days.” (John 11:17 NLT)
All that remained at this point was a big stinky mess. But, somewhere within Martha, the flicker of faith remained. Even now!! She proclaimed.
“When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:20-22 NLT)
Most of you are familiar with the rest of the story. If you aren’t, grab a Bible and read it. It’s an amazing account. Bottom line, Lazarus was dead, but the story wasn’t over. It never is when Jesus is called upon. There is still hope!
“Then Jesus called, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” (John 11:43, 44 NLT)
Jesus had the final WORD and that word brought life. No matter how long you’ve waited. No matter how shaken you may feel in the face of your circumstances. No matter how hopeless and stinky the situation is. Call on Jesus and believe EVEN NOW that a miracle is still possible.