Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's too late! There's no hope for me.

Waiting is hard.

I know God is taking me to a new place, but right now I'm waiting.  And it seems to be God's way to keep us in the waiting room until it seems all hope is gone.  The Holy Spirit took me to Lazarus's death this morning.  Jesus waited until Lazarus had been dead 4 days before he arrived.  Lazarus, Mary and Martha were his good friends.  Why didn't he come right away when the messengers told him that Lazarus was sick?  Mary and Martha expressed their disappointment to Jesus.  "Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn't have died"  Even bystanders made the same observation.  "Couldn't this man who opened the eyes of the blind have kept Lazarus from dying?"

Do we not often feel the same way?  Lord, why didn't you answer me when I ask for .....?  Lord, why did you let ________ happen?  Lord, why did you delay in coming to my aid?  Where are you God?  Why are you taking so long?  We're not alone in feeling this way.  David expressed the same frustrations. 

PS 13:1 How long, O LORD? 
Will you forget me forever?  
How long will you hide your face from me? 

So did Jeremiah.

LA 5:20 Why do you always forget us?   
Why do you forsake us so long?

So, you understand how Mary and Martha felt.  When Jesus commanded the stone to be removed from Lazarus' tomb, Martha expressed her hopelessness.  It was too late now.  His body was already decaying.  There was nothing Jesus could do.  At least, that's what she thought.

But then Jesus says, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

And if you know the story, you know that Lazarus was brought back to life.  It wasn't too late!

Do you find yourself in that place today?  Is it too late for hope?  Do you feel disappointed or abandoned by God?  Is your situation too far gone to be turned around? Do you see NO LIGHT at the end of the tunnel?

Jesus says to you today, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"  God still has amazing plans for your life.  He hasn't forgotten you. 

Expect Him to do something unexpected in your life.  Expect Him to astound you.  Expect Him to do the impossible.  That's His specialty!  In the meantime, keep your eyes on the Hope-giver.  Keep seeking Him.  Keep obeying Him.  Keep yourself open to you, that you might receive His lavish blessings.  They will come when you least expect it, and in ways that are beyond your imagination.

It's not too late.  There is hope.


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