DayBreaks for 08/29/12 – No Boundaries
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Lazarus has died; Jesus goes to his house, and Lazarus’ sisters speak with him. “If you had been here, my brother would not have died,” Mary said (John 11:32). Mary has learned so much, and she shows great faith. She affirms that Jesus Christ holds power over who is sick and who is healthy, over who is diseased and who is made whole. She has seen Jesus heal before, and she knows that he could have healed her brother. But she weeps, for her brother is dead and Jesus has come too late.
Martha has also spoken with Jesus, earlier and alone. Like her sister, she says “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Martha shows faith in this, but her faith is greater still. She continues, “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him” (11:22).
Mary knew that Jesus had the power to make the sick well. She had seen it. What she did not know, and what her sister believes, is that Jesus also has the power to make the dead live. I believe there are two lessons that we can draw from this story:
FIRST: Our God specializes in the impossible. We do not worship the God of rational possibility; we worship the God for whom ALL things are possible, who created the physical world and all of its laws, and may work through or beyond those laws to do whatever He pleases. Like Abraham, we worship the God “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). Therefore, we “hope against hope” (v.18). We put aside all of our petty notions of what is possible or conceivable, and we trust that all things are possible for God.
SECOND: It is NEVER too late for God. Don’t put time limits on He who holds time and everything in it in the palm of His hand. If ever there was a hard-and-fast time limit, Mary had found it. Her brother was dead. What can possibly be more irreversible than death? The clock was counting down, Jesus didn’t come…Lazarus was breathing his last breaths, Jesus didn’t come…his pulse was losing strength, Jesus didn’t come…his eyes glazed over and he was gone, Jesus never came, and it was over. The tragedy, in Mary’s mind, was that Jesus came too late to save her brother. But Mary underestimated God, who has power over life and death, who brought space and time into being and who infinitely transcends His creation. There is no such thing as a boundary for God. There is no horizon of impossibility for our Lord. It is never too late for God to transform the situation in ways that we cannot imagine or comprehend.
What do you need to hope for, beyond all reasonable hope? What desire of your heart has come and gone, such that you think it is “too late,” even for God? What God has promised, no matter how impossible it may appear, He will be faithful to provide.
PRAYER: Jesus, as I fight my way through life and the struggles of each hour, I often despair and think that things are horrible and that they will never end well. Help me remember you are the Lord of the Impossible, a God with no boundaries to what You can do! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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