- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On November 23, 2016
- 45 Comments
I once read somewhere that a true work of God often moves from difficult to impossible to done. In other words, the situation starts out as difficult and you begin to pray about it. However, as an English proverb says, the mills of God tend to grind slowly. So while you are praying, rather than improve, the situation may so deteriorate that by human reasoning, it is then beyond repair. But don’t conclude that God cannot help anymore. In fact, that may be when He has chosen to show up.
That was the case in the story of Lazarus recorded in the gospel according to John, chapter 11, verses 1 – 45. Lazarus was sick when his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus hoping he would come immediately and heal him. But Jesus DELIBERATELY DELAYED that God might be fully glorified in the situation. The sisters had no idea what His agenda was, they only knew that their brother was not only dead but stinking in the grave by the time He arrived. Jesus didn’t apologize but assured them that if they believed, they would see the glory of God.
What happened eventually? When He got to the tomb, Jesus shouted, “Lazarus come forth,” and THE DEAD, DECAYING BODY SPRANG TO LIFE. Lazarus arose! So if you are facing a tough situation and you’ve been calling on God but He seems silent, that doesn’t necessarily mean He doesn’t care or He is impotent. Has he assured you of victory? Then hang in there. Weeping may last all through the night but joy comes in the morning as Psalms 30:5 tells us.
Do not give in to panic as Saul did in 1 Samuel 13 and lost God’s blessing on his kingship. Although the Philistines were massing a huge army to attack Israel, although Samuel did not come at the expected time, although his army and the rest of Israel had begun to scatter and hide, although he felt trebly vulnerable because a sacrifice had not been offered to obtain God’s favor for the battle; God blamed him for taking matters into His own hands and offering a sacrifice he wasn’t qualified to, rather than waiting as instructed.
Hebrews 6:12 admonishes us to “imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” and in chapter 10:23 of the same book, we are advised to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Just remember that God whose ways are beyond human understanding often delights in moving matters from difficult to impossible to done! Halleluyah!!!
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