In His Praise — June 23, 2024

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

John 11:40

When Jesus’ good friend Lazarus was sick, his sisters, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus. They were confident that He would help them. Now Jesus could have just spoke a word and Lazarus would have been healed immediately or He could have rushed to Lazarus’ side and cast the sickness from his body. But Jesus did not do either one — He waited. He waited two days before He came to the home of His friends! When He arrived the first thing He learned was that Lazarus had already died. In fact He had been dead for four days and was already in the tomb. Jesus had compassion on the grieving family and friends and the scripture tells us that He was moved and that He also wept.  

Jesus knew that this family was hurting from such a great loss, but He also knew that they were about to be blessed beyond anything they could have imagined. Jesus reminded Martha to “believe” and then He called to Lazarus to come out of the tomb! Immediately Lazarus walked out of the tomb! He was alive again and he was with his family and friends again! God showed His power and love! 

Those watching had to be in awe of what they witnessed. Mary and Martha had probably hoped for comfort and reassurance from Jesus, but instead He gave them more. Jesus had taken away their grief and had restored their joy. 

Our Jesus does the same for us. Ephesians 1:19 reminds us that He has” incomparably great power for those who believe”. Verse 20 of the next chapter of Ephesians tells us that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or comprehend”.

So when we bring our problems, requests or needs to the Lord, we should do so boldly, believing that our God has so much more for us than anything we could ever dream up or ask. Whatever our need, He is ready and willing to fill it beyond measure if we only trust and believe. Then, we too will see the glory of God.

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