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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  • ifeanyi Flawlex

    Amen to that, all hope is not lost.

    • Edith Ohaja

      It can’t be because God is alive! Even the thiings we term are often working out His good purpose. Halleluyah! Be richly blessed of the Lord, Flawlex, in Jesus’ name.

      • God actually does not delay but his delay help us to keep having faith in his glory . And i have found out that the more we pray and believe God for things,the more things get soughted out in the realm of the spirit . thank you ma

        • Henry

          My take home- Do not panic.
          Regardless of the troubled waters, we should not give into fear for with time it will be still. It would surely end in praise.

  • Vee

    This is the first thing that popped up on my phone this morning as I switched on my data n going through it, it inspired me alot and has made my morning. Thnx alot for this piece Ma and for the words of encouragement. Thnx n God bless


    nice one

  • Very inspiring and, personally,timely too. Our God is able; He never fails.

    Thanks for sharing Edith.

  • ikechukwu

    God I know is the God of Last minute.He comes in when all hope has lost

  • Eze Benjamin Oduma

    God will always send you knocking at the incapacitated door of my heart when I most expected it. This message is uplifting, edifying and inspiring. I pray for more inspirations from God. Thanks!

    • Edith Ohaja

      Thank you too, Benjamin and glory to God, who inspires and who will perfect the things that concern you in Jesus’ name.

  • Beautiful post Sis! God bless you for sharing His Word :))

  • Andrew Ngene

    Nice piece ma’am.

  • Akwolu Chiamaka MaryAnn

    With God, nothing is just impossible. God is the holder of every power and can do all things in His time. I love the post Ma.

  • chidiogo Georginah

    Nice post ma, may God continue to inspire you beyond your imagination.

  • Obetta Collins Odinakachukwu

    Very inspiring indeed. God, through His servant Ezekiel, made dried bones come back to life; He resurrected Lazarus after he had been dead and buried for 4 days; The man at the pool – who has spent 38yrs by the pool without hope, was healed in few minutes; the blind man from birth regained his sight in less than one day; the lame man at the beautiful gate was made to walk again by mere mention of His name. The bible records that at the mention of His name, every power – both in heaven and on earth – will bow down. An ancient saying goes: there’s always a light at the end of every dark tunnel. This piece, I know is all about hope. having seen all that God did in the past, and those He is still doing, why shouldn’t we trust in Him to lead us out of every circumstance? Remember, He said that He is the same yesterday, today and forever; and even if a mother deserts her child, He will not desert you.

  • Florence onyekaozuru

    God works in mysterious ways even when we think that there is no hope he can still do great miracles all we need is to understand that his plans are not our plans, when we are faced with the worst situations we should never stop asking him for his help because we have prayed and things are now worst we should still hold on to him because he HAS never and will never fail, this is why the stories in the bible are there to remind us that God has never failed and he always has a plan that when executed will cause people to wonder, this piece has indeed encouraged me not be be dissuaded by the look of things because he is still working on me and he will surely show himself strong

    • Edith Ohaja

      Amen! Thank you for your wonderful input. We have every reason to praise God always no matter the situation. He will never leave us nor forsake us and His promises are yes and amen.

  • Irumekhai Mariam

    Beautiful post. Thanks for giving hope to many and healing our hearts with your lovely posts, ma.

  • Ike faustina uchechukwu

    Nice piece nothing is impossible for our God ,never say never

  • keswet mercy

    this write up is full of inspiration and hope. so many people have given up without realising how close thy were to success. never back down on yourself

  • Okpe Nnedinso

    This post is really inspiring..I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..God bless you ma..


    Seriously ma, impatience has become one of the tools that the devil is using badly in striking we Christians. And I believe that’s because some of us gave him that chance or better still, liberty. We tend to forget so soon that patience is expected to be our national anthem as one of the “fruits of the spirit.” The moment we begin to practice PATIENCE with God, his blessings won’t appear too far to us. it’s a nice piece ma. I love it, Well done.

  • Henrietta Okoye

    The ways of God are incomprehensible .. Nothing is too big for him simple. we should just give Him the chance to be in charge

  • Okeleke loveth

    Your write- ups are always encouraging. My faith has really increased. God is such a wonderful God. He does things His own way and at his own time

  • Kathy Joy Couser

    Amen sis let us continue to encourage and to be encouraged to hold on and run well , and not be hindered by any persuasion other than Jesus Christ through following after the Holy Ghost…aka Holy Spirit. Many times while on this journey with Christ we have to ” dig deep down in our Soul call upon his name and continue to walk by faith. Even as Abraham believed was accounted to him for righteousness…So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham..Blessings in Jesus name are for those who live by faith. Lord help us to hold to the profession you ‘ve called us unto!☝

    • Edith Ohaja

      Amen and amen. I’m blessed by your visit and your comment, my dearest sister Kathy! May God help us to hold onto Him even in the face of contrary circumstances because He is able to do all things.

  • Onoh Oziomachukwu

    Is there anything too difficult for our God to do? nop! he just works in very mysterious ways. You cant fathom his ways

  • Iheanyi Ugochi Elizabeth

    thank you so much for those words of encouragement, i know that with him all things are possible ,He brought lazarus back to life so my own condition is nothing to him, i believe that He is the God of last moment

  • Sunday

    Very true. If it is not impossible, man will take the credit for it, but when it is impossible like our Lord Jesus Christ said in the scripture you cited, God will be glorified. So, the situation can degenerate from bad to worse to impossible to done so that many will see our testimony and conclude that God is definitely behind the miracle.
    I really enjoyed this.

  • Peter Chioma

    This is an encouragement to all believers, no matter what happens, no matter the situation, no matter what the enemy lays as obstacle, we should hold on to God. Even when the situation seems impossible, we should still hold on to our faith, because our Father never fails.

  • Henry

    My take home- Do not panic.
    Regardless of the troubled waters, we should not give into fear for with time it will be still. It would surely end in praise.

  • Okorie Adaora N.

    Never give up no matter the trouble always put your hope in God because he will always come through for his people. Nothing is too great that my God cannot handle. Through the darkest, he shall be our light and through the storm.. Peace be still he says… Thank you ma

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    He is the God of impossibility. Don’t be a Saul by not waiting for him. He knows the best time to attend to your problem, no matter how big it is.

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