Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."
~ John 11:39 (NKJV)
I don't know about you, but I have the audacity to invite God to step in and bring life to a situation, and then hesitate and draw back when things get messy. I have the tendency to decide the situation isn't worth this much trouble and say, "Never mind, Lord."
If God numbers the hair on our head and watches over every sparrow (Luke 12:6-7), then what situation is too small for Him? On the other hand, how far gone is a situation before God won't repair it?
And the Lord said ... "Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you ..."
~ Genesis 18:13-14 (NKJV)
Lazarus was only dead four days. When Jesus was crucified and resurrected, "many" people who had been in their graves for certainly longer were also raised (Matthew 27:51-53). And a day lies in the future when all the dry bones of all the saints in all the earth will be raised alive (Ezekiel 37:1-10).
The fact that things get messy or we must wait for God's appointed time or is no reason to say, "Never mind, Lord." We need only believe, and then wait for the impossible.
Jesus said to [Martha], "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
~ John 11:40 (NKJV)
Our Creator, thank You for taking delight to bring life, light, and love wherever You are invited. Please help us in our unbelief and our impatience. Please increase our faith and longsuffering.
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