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Sometimes you don’t need to know what to DO. Sometimes you simply need to know what to BE. When life is not adding up and everything that can go wrong is going wrong…we desperately look for answers to why and what to DO next. Let me ask you two questions that I want you to think about today.

What if God doesn’t want to give you an answer to what to DO next?

What if God wants you to just BE instead of giving you something to DO?

I contend that sometimes God simply wants us to BE, instead of showing us what to DO.

You see, DOING makes us feel like something is happening…that’s why we like it. On the other hand, BEING feels like nothing is happening and that’s why we hate it some much.

Here’s the truth. God is in both of them and at this time in your life he might just be calling you to simply trust and just BE. Never forget, our BEING is found in HIm and our DOING is commissioned by HIM. Maybe, just maybe…this is a time in your life to just BE , while you wait for the DOING to arrive.

What are your thought? Share with us by leaving a comment.

 

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If God’s timing is perfect why does it often hurt so much?

I would love to hear Martha, the sister of Lazarus answer that one. What an interesting conversation that would be.

Back Story

Martha and her sister Mary, along with their brother Lazarus loved Jesus and were friends with him.

They took care of Jesus when he was in their neck of the woods. (e.g. feed him meals, allowed him to stay at their house, Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with oil and wiped them with her hair)

There was a solid relationship of trust and care between their family and Jesus

Lazarus becomes very sick. He becomes sick enough that the family sends for the help of Jesus.

Their life is not adding up so they send for the one that can set it right.

One problem: HE DOESN’T” SHOW UP!!!!

Facts to remember and remind yourself of

Jesus loved them (in pain we often forget the love of God because it doesn’t feel like he is there)

This pain was for the glory of God (our life is not our own. We are his and we are bought with a price)

Story Continued

By the time Jesus gets there Lazarus is dead

Martha hears Jesus is coming and goes to meet him on the road

Then we read this in John 11:21-2

21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me,though he die,yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord;I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

 

Martha had her facts straight. If Jesus had healed immediately, Lazarus would have not died. He would have been okay and pain in their lives wouldn’t have been an issue. However, there is something I don’t want you to miss.

If Jesus had acted in the way Martha thought He should, her relationship would have never had the same depth as it did when with her eyes she saw Jesus command death to let go of her brother.

Jesus cried out, “Lazarus, come out.”

 

Jesus took the power of the resurrection out of the shadows of the Old Testament. Jesus took the power of the resurrection out of the future also. He proved to her and us that HE IS THE RESURRECTION IN THE NOW.

If God’s timing is perfect why does it often hurt so much?

The answer is simple-so He alone will receives all the glory and that you and I  would come to know Him at the deepest level possible.  To know Him deep demands a path of pain.God’s timing is perfect but that doesn’t mean it won’t sometimes hurt.

 

What are your thoughts? Share them with us.

For those outside the faith and for those inside the faith…when life doesn’t add up-Christ is still the answer. For Zacchaeus, the Tax Collector, life just didn’t add up. He was outside the faith. His story can be found in Luke 19:1-10.

1. He was very frustrated and unsatisfied with his life

2. He had self esteem issues (Possibly because of his short stature)

3. He was hated by many because of his profession. (A tax collector)

4. He knew there must be more and went looking for it.

5. Because he was looking in the right direction, (Christ) he found the answer

6. After meeting Jesus, what didn’t add up in his life now added up perfectly.

7. Because his life now added up, his character changed and he began to set things right from an eternal perspective.

Mary and Martha, friends of Jesus who were inside the faith, had quite another story. Their story can be found in John 11:1-44. For them Jesus seemed to have been missing in action. Their brother Lazarus had died and Jesus was no where to be found.

1. They felt abandoned (they had sent word to Jesus, (like us praying) and Jesus didn’t answer on their timetable.

2. They felt wounded. (they had giving Jesus a place to sleep, to eat…friendship)

3. Their brother who Jesus loved had became sick and when help was needed, Jesus doesn’t show up.

4. Jesus does finally get there, (late by Mary and Maratha’s account) and brings a strange and beautiful word.

5. Jesus speaks up on the old dusty road and says, “I am the resurrection and the life”

6. She believes but it still doesn’t add up.

7. Jesus then goes to the tomb of Lazarus and says, “Come out.” He does and now it all adds up.

What to do while God is not added up.

1. Outside the faith? Surrender to Him. Come to Him. It’s that simple. Stop running from the one that loves you so much he died for you.

2. Those inside the faith? Remind yourself that God is good, faithful, just and perfect love. You can trust Him for the right answer in due time. It will add up…I promise you.

Have you ever experienced an event in your life when things just didn’t add up? Then God shows up and the event changes quickly and adds up perfectly? Please take a moment to leave a comment and share your story.