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Faith: Believing Past What I Can See
John 11: 38- 40, Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, " Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, " Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, " Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God."
In these difficult and fore-bearing economic times, many people have become wearied and worn. Many people struggle daily with thoughts of doom and feelings of despair. We no longer view our lives through the lenses of rose colored glasses. We seldom whistle while we work, and there definitely is very little, if any, tip toeing through the tulips. It may even be safe to say, that for the vast majority of the population, we have lost our hope.
Lazarus, Jesus's own friend, was no longer sick. Lazarus was dead, and had been dead for four whole days. The sisters, Mary and Martha, both understood that if Jesus had been there, Lazarus would not have died, but they really didn't have a firm grasp on the fact that Jesus is "The Resurrection and The Life."
Though there are many situations, circumstances, and involvements in our lives that was sick, and died. Let us not become wearied in our well doing, let us not give up and succumb to the vicissitudes of our lives. If we " Only Believe," we shall see our economy, our relationships, and all of the things that died, being resurrected. If you only believe, you will see the Glory of God.
Life for many of us has become almost devastating, and we only see what's presented before us. We can clearly see our pains and frustrations. We can clearly see our state of lack. We see only our own personal situations that are ever present before us. We fail to believe beyond what we can see. This topic wouldn't even be an issue if it only related to those not professing to be saved, acknowledging to be Christian. But there are far too many, Saved, Born-Again, Water-Baptized, Tongue-Talking Christians who will not believe beyond what they can see.
Also, it is important to note, that the enemy would be pleased with those of us who don't believe. The enemies job is made all the more easier, just by our unbelief. We are even given an entire chapter in the book of Hebrews, to remind us, and inspire us by the reports of our forefathers, who endured the trials of life, just as we must do, and yet believed God. We must know that God is ABLE to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond anything that we could even ask or think. And knowing the Power of God over every situation, circumstance, or issue that we face, let us stir up our faith, and believe beyond what we can see.