Today in church we hear the Gospel of Lazarus being raised from the dead. Our Lord tells Martha,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
Can you imagine the emotions of Martha at that moment? The past few days had been so difficult for her and her sister Mary. They felt saddened by the death of their brother and the fact that Jesus had not arrived sooner to heal him. Martha hears the words of Jesus being the resurrection and the life, and yet her heart did not believe that there was anything Jesus could do. Perhaps without even realizing it, Martha and Mary had placed limits in their minds of the power of Christ. When they saw Jesus weeping at the loss of His friend, they probably shared in the crowds questioning. If Jesus missed Him and loved him so, why did He not arrive sooner and prevent this from happening?
Martha says to Jesus that she believes in Him. Yet when Jesus goes to open the tomb where Lazarus lay, she cautions Him against opening it saying,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” John 1:39-40
And Jesus spoke to our Father in Heaven and called to Lazarus to come out…and he did! Against all odds, against all belief, Jesus performed a truly wondrous miracle and raised Lazarus from the dead! Oh the joy that they must have experienced at that moment! The seemingly impossible had become possible! Their perceived limitations on the powers of God had been shattered.
How often we place limits in our mind on the wonders God can do. We often look for human reasoning in response to the problems of this world. We use words like “can’t” and “impossible.” Our minds cannot perceive the enormous love, mercy, and power of God. And all too often we let our minds dictate our beliefs. We believe in what we see around us. In physical facts and proven thoughts. But sometimes, despite knowing God’s goodness and grace, we still question.
We still wonder if our prayers will be answered. We still shake our heads at the state of the world, thinking that there is nothing that can be done. We say we have faith. We say that we trust. But do we truly believe? Do we really believe in our hearts that God can do anything? When we pray and call out to The Lord in times of distress, is it cautiously, or confidently? Do we hesitate to ask for things that seem just too good to be true? The Lord tells us to ask we we shall receive! Do we truly believe that?
It is no secret that our prayers may not always be answered in the ways we feel they ought to be. Some things are simply beyond our understanding. But when we face difficulties in our lives, let us pray that our hearts be filled with faith and trust enough to know that not only does God hear our pleas, our cries, and prayers, but He can and does answer them! Let us pray that our belief in The Lord and His goodness is so strong that no matter what we face in life, we can truly trust in His love for us! There is no limit to the wonders God can do for us. He can perform miracles beyond our understanding. We only need to believe. To believe in the power of prayer; to believe in miracles! To believe that God has everything under to control. To believe in His unending love for us. For whoever believes will never die.