When Will God Bless Me?
Sep 11, 2017 5382
Have you been waiting for God to bless you? There’s a beautiful lesson hidden in the story of when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. I’m sure that you remember the story. Jesus had been delayed in responding to Martha and Mary’s message that their brother was sick, and he had succumbed to the illness.
Now, after Lazarus had been dead for four days, Jesus finally arrives. I love the conversation that he has with Martha before he goes to the tomb. I’m going to paraphrase it here.
Martha, in her sadness, says to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
“Your brother will live again!”
Martha knows all about that. She knows about the resurrection at the end of the world. But what she wanted was to have her brother with her now. At this moment, she doesn’t need Jesus to give her a lesson about the second coming, so she says,
“I know all about the resurrection of the dead on the last day. I know he’ll be raised then.”
But she has misunderstood the Lord, because when he had told her that Lazarus would live again, he meant right now. So, Jesus says to her,
“Martha, I am the resurrection and the life. Everyone who believes in me will live, even if they die; and whoever believes in me will never die. Do you believe what I am saying to you?”
And Martha replied,
“Yes, Lord! I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. You are the one that we have been waiting for!”
And Jesus went and called Lazarus from the dead, and he came out of the tomb alive.
When you believe in Jesus, the blessings come sooner than you think.
Here is the lesson of this story, and it is an important one. When you believe in Jesus, the blessings come sooner than you think.
Martha thought that her blessing would come at the end of the world. But Jesus was right there, and the blessing was just around the corner. It was a blessing that Martha never expected, and it was even better than what she ever could have hoped for.
It’s the same with the blessings that Christ has for you today. They may not come in the way that you have prayed for, or in the way that you might expect. Christ’s blessings are always better than we could have ever have dreamt, and they always come sooner than we expect.
If you believe in Jesus, be on the lookout for that unexpected blessing, not later, but right now.
Martha believed. Do you believe? Because if you don’t, you might miss it!
– Eliezer Gonzalez