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Time and again, God demonstrates that it is not the size of the miracle that matters, it is the size of our God. When Jesus arrived to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for 4 days.  What that means in burial speak is–that decomposition had begun in earnest and the thought of some lingering illness was over—the inhabitant was dead and gone.

Jesus arrived and Martha the dutiful sister, met him, comforted him and even encouraged him regarding her faith. While her life was shaken, clearly her faith was not. She did not doubt his deity or authenticity, she was a bit unsure about his ability to restore her brother—but she still believed he was the Messiah, so maybe…That is faith in the Lord.  We may not understand fully what the plan is, but we trust the maker and executor of the plan.  Martha did not have to know whether Jesus was going to raise Lazarus, she simply needed to believe he could. 

In our lives, we have our own Lazarus type issues. We see no way even for God to fix them.  But if we, like Martha, still believe that God is big enough to do what he chooses, then we can be at peace and amazed at the level of power he truly wields. Four days dead, marriage over, unsaved family member and financial upheaval are all well within his ability to resolve. We, like Martha, must not focus on the hopelessness of our problem, but on the greatness of our God!

God Bless You

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”