“When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you’ ” (John 11:28).
Mary and Martha began their mourning over the death of their brother Lazarus. His life had now ended, and they had to come to grips with that. But Jesus changes things, and does so by drawing near. In this case, He delayed His arrival in order to display His glory and mastery over all situations. When He arrived, He soon raised Lazarus from the dead, presenting him to the grieving sisters. It seemed all was lost, until Jesus came. Seems almost too good to be true, but true it is.
What does Jesus’ presence tell us?
1. That God is still in control.
Jesus did delay His arrival for good reason: He would display His control of all things. Of course, only God could demonstrate such power and authority. But Jesus is God, and does wield such authority. Sometimes all we need to know is that God is in control. When we attempt to take the reins of power, our world grows uncertain at best. Why? We cannot control the outcome. Jesus reassures us by drawing close to us when things seem out of control.
2. That God is in control of all things.
It’s easy to say, “God is in control,” but what about those so-called impossible situations? Is He in control of those? He sure is, and we draw strength and comfort from knowing that. We don’t need to know how God will handle things, we just need to know that He will.
3. That God can turn mourning into rejoicing.
Martha hinted at this when she reminded Jesus that if He had been there at Lazarus’ point of death, He could have healed him. She seemed to know that, even now, He could turn it all around:
“But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you” (John 11:22).
Her key words were, “even now.” We need to repeat those words to ourselves, “even now.” Even now, in this mess I’m in, I can turn to God. No problem frustrates God because He can conquer all situations. We just need Him to draw near with His calming assurance, and all is well. God worked for others, and He worked for me in the past. He can work for me, “even now.”
We need God’s presence. How do we get it? James provided the formula: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). Let’s draw near to Him today.
Posted on Mon, November 21, 2016
by Sam Petitfils