John 11:38-44 (NRSV)
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Principles to help us deal with things that come our way:
- You need to have a relationship with Jesus before the crisis comes. When a crisis arrives, we are looking for Jesus. If we already have a relationship, we know that Jesus is right by our side. You can’t refuse to give God a minute of your time, an ounce of your energy, a penny of your money, but then when trouble comes say God why did you let this happen.
John 15:7, Jesus says “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
- Having a relationship with Jesus doesn’t mean you won’t have trouble. It does mean you can go to him in confidence in times of trouble. Yes, you must pay attention to your other relationships, but you must also pay attention to the most important one, the one with the Lord.
1 John 3:21-22 “22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.”
- When you bring Jesus into the situation, He will change it. Lazarus was already and buried by the time Jesus got there, humanly speaking it was hopeless. But in moments like these, Jesus asks you, “Is there anything too hard for me?”
Jeremiah 32:27 “See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me?”
When you are crying, don’t worry, invite Jesus in. When you are having problems in your home, don’t worry, invite Jesus in.