What do you do when you're headed down the road of life, and life punches you in the gut.
We cry out to God for help. And we need it now. And it seems like He doesn't do jack. Is it that He can't help me or He won't help me. Which is worse? Why won't He help. Should I continue to believe?
What do you do when you're on the road and it feels like you hit a dead end?
“Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.”
Jesus did jack. When Mary and Martha inquired as to when Jesus was coming, the answer was, "He's not coming."
““But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.””
Jesus had a better plan - to do a greater work - to build their faith.
“On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
John 11:17, 19-21
She was pissed. She gave Jesus a piece of her mind.
The question was, "Will Martha still believe and push through?" Will you? Will you push through the trails and still believe? It doesn't always turn out great. Jesus said, "In this life, there will be troubles." Even if things DON'T EVER get better, will you still believe - still trust and obey?
“But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.””
Martha continued to believe that in the end it will work out great - she will spend eternity in heaven. Will you?
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