I love to hear stories about how God intervened in a desperate situation. You know, the “But God” stories. I even have some stories of my own. It is so encouraging to know that our Heavenly Father is watching over us and waiting to help us at those crucial moments. Like an eagle protecting its young, God swoops in and rescues us from certain disaster. Those are the moments that (you and) I FEEL loved by God.
- when the test results are positive and that means something negative
- when the relationship ends
- when you don’t survive the layoff or restructuring
- when you can’t make the payment anymore
These are difficult times that God did not create , but God has allowed in our lives. And for those called according to His purpose (though they don’t FEEL good) , God will work these situations out for our good. (Romans 8:28)
Mary and Martha called for Jesus when their brother Lazarus fell ill. They knew that Jesus was able to heal the sick, feed the poor and forgive sinners. Jesus was the answer. But the Bible says that upon receiving their word, Jesus stayed where He was two days more. And when He arrived in Bethany, Lazarus lay dead__ wrapped in his grave clothes__ in a tomb for four days. As one minister pointed out, not only did Jesus not heal Lazarus, but Jesus didn’t even make the graveside service. Read their story.
“Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” (John 11:21-22 KJV)
In faith, Martha sought the “improbable” and received it! Lazarus was raised from the dead.
And what about Sarah? I can only imagine how many women Sarah watched or even helped deliver their babies. (Like she did in the movie lol) All the while realizing that she was past her child-bearing years. But one day God asked Abraham a question that I see as an example for me (and you):
And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.___ Genesis 18: 13-14
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.___John 11:21-23