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 are yes and amen.
Did you note how many of His promises?
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!