Thursday, February 27, 2014
Raise the "Lazarus" in Your Life
John 11:40 NIV
" Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
Remember when Jesus visited Mary and Martha after their brother Lazarus had been dead for four days? When He finally arrived, Martha said, "Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:21).
Martha was clearly in a state of despair. Then, "Jesus said to her, 'Your brother shall rise again.' Martha replied, 'I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day'" (vv. 23-24). I don't think she really understood what Jesus was saying. She was looking toward a future possibility, not a present reality. She didn't really expect things to change.
A lot of us are like Martha, stuck in our troubles, not realizing that God can turn things around. But Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and He can raise the 'Lazaruses' in your life to.
Don't lose hope.
You might be hurting now, things might not be going just right, you might be struggling financially, but out of every disaster you face God can bring a new beginning. Believe in God, and watch Him show His glory in your life.
I know that You will work every situation for Your glory. Instead of getting caught up in our problems, help us to believe that You can raise the 'Lazaruses' in all of our lives. Nothing is too big for You to handle for us and through us. Help us to hold on to that fundamental belief as we go about our lives. It is in Your Name that we pray. Amen and Amen!