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Fourth Day

The Fourth Day

 

39  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?… 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth,…

John 11:39-40; 43-44a

 

Whenever we read the Bible, we should ask questions. Why did Jesus say this? What did Jesus mean when He used those words? Why did Jesus wait four days to raise Lazarus from the dead? Why not three days? Or just one day?

Jesus always had a reason for what He did, how He did it, and when. In this case, waiting until the fourth day meant there was no doubt that Lazarus was dead. The Jews believed a person’s spirit or soul lingered around for three days after the person’s death. The spirit was trying to re-enter the body, hoping it would come back to life. There was to be no doubt with Lazarus. No one could claim Lazarus had any sense of life still within him. Lazarus was dead, and there was only one thing that could change that – the Hand of God through the words of Jesus.

Mary, Martha, and others would see Lazarus come back to life in only one way – through God for the glory to God. There would be no doubt. And many came to believe in Jesus.

Does it ever seem like God waits for the “fourth” day to answer your prayers? You want God to solve your problem on the first day you pray to Him. We don’t like to wait even two or three days. But God sometimes waits until all hope seems lost. We try to solve the problem ourselves, but we can’t. When our situation becomes so desperate that we know there is no hope, then God can move in and show us that nothing is impossible with God. We just have to stop trying to do things on our own, and trust in God. We must allow Him to work in our lives the way He wants to. Not how we want Him to.

As we approach this July 4th, we think back on what this country has gone through for the last 241 years. We have survived wars, depressions, disease, and even ourselves.

But it seems like nothing is going in the right direction anymore. The government doesn’t’ seem to work. Terrorists seek to destroy us. Christians are under constant attack. We have taken God out of our schools, our work, our homes, and even some of our churches. The situation seems hopeless and impossible. Maybe it’s time to quit trying to solve this country’s problems ourselves, and turn it back over to God. Maybe it’s time to start trusting in God, and believing that nothing is impossible for Him. We don’t have to wait for the “fourth day” every time.

© Charles A. Kalkomey

July 2, 2017