Noah built an ark in a land where there was no rain. Abraham left his home to go to an unknown destination. Sarah was old – much too old to bear a child, even a promised child. Joseph was forgotten in prison, serving a sentence undeserved. Moses found himself and his people between the Red Sea and mighty Egyptian army. Esther approached the King even though it most certainly meant death.
Like these heroes of faith, many times we find ourselves in difficult or impossible situations. Many times we find ourselves waiting on God. And God has a timetable that is so different from our own. We see the deadline on the horizon. The bill is due. The job doesn’t come through. The family member breaks our heart. But where is God? Where is He that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think? Why does He tarry? Doesn’t He know that right now would be the perfect time to answer our prayers?
Mary and Martha must have wondered that as they waited for Jesus to come. They had sent word that Lazarus was sick. They knew Jesus could heal their brother. Why did He take so long? It would be such an easy thing for Jesus to lay His hands on Lazarus and he would be completely healed. But Jesus was in no hurry. He had a better plan.
We know the story. Jesus arrived “much too late”. Lazarus had been buried for several days. But He showed his exceeding abundant power and raised Lazarus from the dead. We know that story. What we don’t know is our own. How will God work miraculously in our lives? It isn’t easy when we are facing our own trials. Yet God still asks us to trust in Him. Even during those days when He seems silent, the nights when we can’t feel His presence, the weeks or years that it doesn’t look like He’s working in our lives – know that He is. It has been said “God is seldom early and never late.” He asks us to have faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
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