If Only

if only“Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died." - John 11:21 If only. If only God had intervened in time, if only He had acted now and didn’t expect me to be comforted by some future promise of heaven--if only.

Martha loved her brother Lazarus, and had sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was gravely ill.  But rather than hurry to His friend’s bedside, Jesus waited—and by the time He arrived, Lazarus was gone. Martha was not so subtly chiding Jesus for waiting.

Can you identify with Martha’s faith? 

She had faith in the PAST because she had witnessed Jesus’ miracles. She knew He could have healed her brother based on previous experiences. She has some faith for the FUTURE, because she tried to comfort herself by acknowledging, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  But she forgot that God also lives, moves and works in the NOW.

This is a lesson Jesus wants to press into our hearts.

In this instance, Jesus is ministering to some of His dearest friends, trying to take their eyes off the distant future, and trying to help them not live in the past. He wants to bring them—and us—into an experience with God in the PRESENT.

Martha forgot that the name of God is not I WAS or I WILL. His name is I AM, and He wants us to believe that everything He has done in the past, everything He has promised for the future, He can also do here, NOW!

“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Jesus asked His friends. And then He raised Lazarus from the dead.

Let God enter your life now and believe that He cares about NOW, about what happens to you today, this minute.

“God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2

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