Give It To Me NOW!

14 10 2013

God is not holding out on you if His current reply to your situation is silence.

For instance, let’s look at the story of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary from John 11.

Lazarus became deathly ill. The sisters knew exactly what to do: they called on Jesus.

The Lord received their message, stated that it was not a sickness unto death, but for the glory of God and that He (the Son of God) would also be glorified.

This was the message Mary and Martha received.

Now, the Scripture goes on to say that Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. Therefore when He heard the news…

He stayed two days longer in the place where He was.

Put yourself in their shoes…they didn’t know the end of the story.

Imagine their hurt and confusion when Jesus didn’t show up like they expected…

…and Lazarus died.

Hadn’t Jesus said that this was not a sickness unto death?

However, Lazarus’ body was wrapped in burial cloths and spices.

Laid in a tomb.

Stone cold dead.

For four days.

Hadn’t Jesus promised that Lazarus wouldn’t die? Why hadn’t He come when He was so desperately needed? They thought He loved them! How could He remain distant and silent in this matter? Didn’t He care?

How were they to reconcile His promise with their reality?

Have you ever felt like this? Received a promise from the Lord –

– one that lay dead and buried with no hope of life returning to its lifeless form?

After all, four days is enough time for decay to set in…

…like practical Martha, you can point out, “By this time he stinketh.”

The Bible is full of stories like this one. In many cases, the dreams of youth are fulfilled when the person is advanced in years. For instance, Abraham and Sarah; Zacharias and Elizabeth; Caleb and Joshua.

After all, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.

Let us never assume that the dream that is “dead as a doornail” cannot be brought back to life and fulfilled in ways we never dreamed of!

When we receive a promise from the Lord, we need to learn to mark it down, for it will surely come to pass. The Bible says that all the promised of God in Christ Jesus areΒ yes andΒ amen.

Did you note how many of His promises?

ALL.

When all hope was gone for Mary and Martha, Jesus showed up and made good on His word. There is a spectacular end to their story. He will do the same for you.

You wait. You watch. You’ll see!

What promises has God made to you? Has He kept from fulfilling them for so long that they are hopelessly dead? Has He remained silent on the subject in the meantime?

Rest assured, dear one, He hasn’t forgotten one word of His promise.

The day is coming when He will call for the stone on that grave to be rolled away…

…that which the Lord loves will be called forth to new life, and restored to you.

When He does, there will be no doubt in your mind that it belongs to you – and you will appreciate it all the more…

…because He didn’t give it to you NOW!

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21 responses

19 10 2013
Julie Garro

Great point, great post. We are such an impatient people. Blessings to you.

19 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

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15 10 2013
akilahgrant

Your reminder of God’s ways and timing is much appreciated! Thank you for sharing because it has encouraged me to keep hold of my promises even when it seems like no progress is being made. God has something BIG in store for all of us!

15 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

Yeah – the further we are from the time the promise was given, the harder it is to maintain faith that God will do what He said He will do. Some of mine have been 35 years in the waiting process. πŸ™‚

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14 10 2013
Wade Ogletree

I needed this right now. Thank you.

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

You’re most welcome. God is so gracious to us, isn’t He?

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14 10 2013
Susan Irene Fox

I was just discussing this exact thing with my small group a few days ago. The silence. Used the exact same story. God trusts us with His silence to be faithful, to wait for something bigger than we can imagine. It’s in the promise that He shows His faithfulness to us. It’s in the waiting that we show our faithfulness to Him.

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

Love it when God confirms His Word to us by two or three witnesses! He is so good to us. πŸ™‚

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14 10 2013
Valerie Rutledge

Needed this desperately today! Thanks, Tami, you truly are an inspiration to me!

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

I’m so glad this ministered to you!

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14 10 2013
Elizabeth Yalian

As usual, Tami, great post. Thank you for pointing out that our dead as door nail dreams are never too decayed for His resurrecting power!

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

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14 10 2013
platinumdonmccoy

My dad would say, ‘He is the Ancient of Days. And time is in His hands. He is never in a hurry. But He is never late too!’

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

So true.

I liked the way one of my friends puts this:
Godspeed is the best speed! πŸ™‚

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14 10 2013
natashlim73

He has the best for us and will give it to us in His perfect timing!!! We must be patient and trust and believe in Him!!! Great post! May you have a blessed week!!!

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

To wait for a week or a month…or even a year is one thing. To hang onto that vision for decades – well that’s where faith comes in for sure.

I wish I could say that I’ve faithfully waited for the Lord to fulfill the vision He gave me as a teen. Instead, like Mary, I considered the thing hopelessly dead.

Now that I hear “movement” coming from within “the tomb,” I have a hope…and faith once again. πŸ˜‰

Have a blessed week yourself!
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14 10 2013
Eddy

I’ve been waiting for a girlfriend/wife for over 40 years now. I guess I will recieve her when I’m 80? But with my luck she will be 20 years old. LOL. Great post Sis!

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

That’s funny! If 85 is the new 40…she’ll be about the right age. πŸ˜‰

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14 10 2013
Pure Glory

It is interesting that we always want whatever, NOW! Waiting for God’s timing, is hard but the best portion. What i view as faith, is merely impatience on my part. Thank you for causing me to stop and think. πŸ™‚

14 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

I hadn’t thought about it quite this way: What i view as faith, is merely impatience on my part…but this is true!

Thanks for the insight. πŸ™‚

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14 10 2013
Pure Glory

You’re welcome!

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