Lazarus had been dead for four days. The funeral was in progress. He was buried. For Martha, his sister, all hope was gone. There was no recovery. But when Jesus finally showed up, He asked Martha, “Do you believe?” (John 11:26)
His son suffered greatly with a demonic spirit. He was desperate. The disciples were his last hope. But alas, they could not cast out the demon. But when Jesus arrived, He said, “All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23).
Two desperate situations. Two hopeless people. Two circumstances that lingered for far too long. One solution: A belief that Jesus is who He says He is.
God has been speaking to me about complacency. Sometimes when a sickness lingers, a child has been away from the faith a long time, finances are tight for years, a marriage grows distant, we can become hopeless. We learn to accept, ignore, deal with it. But then Jesus arrives and asks us, “What do you believe?”
Do you believe he can heal despite how long you have been in pain?
Do you believe your child is not beyond redemption?
Do you believe He is able to give you more than you can ask, think, or imagine?
Do you believe he can restore and energize your marriage?
Do you believe?
Because if you can believe, all things are possible. Martha believed and her brother was raised. The man believed and his son was healed.
Believe today. And if you can’t believe, declare and pray: Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.””
Mark 9:23 NKJV