You know what's funny?
All of us.
We look at situations and we start trying to solve problems and make assumptions about why something happened and what God's plan is.
Case and point: Job and his three friends.
Job's life crumbles and his friends have all of the answers but limited perspective.
Then, there are Lazarus's friends. Jesus shows up "late" and weeps at the death of Lazarus. And his friends watch from the side and grumble, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" John 11:37.
Observations without faith are rarely helpful. In fact, they're carnal and enforce our fear, doubt, and personal weakness.
But, they don't impact God- just our ability to see His full nature. While everyone mourned the death of Lazarus, even Jesus, God's plan was unshaken.
Then, the bizarre happens. Jesus wants to open up the tomb. Martha reminds Jesus that it will smell, and that will likely horrify all of the funeral guests...
But Jesus responds, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?" Jhn 11:40.
"Did I not tell you..." I can think of a long line of lists in my own life, those promises of God that seem so unreachable that you forget to believe.
The good news is, God is outside of our limited perspective of time. He holds the beginning and the end in his hands. When he gives you a promise, it's coming from someone who's seen the end and knows your victory.
Roll back the stone from the tomb of your dreams and let the light of the Son shine on it today! Take a deep breath and believe!
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.