His Best Work in the Mud

Do you think God prefers to allow desperate situations to play out so He can show us His glory?

Luke 8:51-56New International Version (NIV)

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her.“Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Why wouldn’t Jesus heal this girl before she died? Why did He wait to raise Lazarus from the dead until after everyone felt hopeless?

I think our Lord allows us to become desperate, discouraged, disheartened, often because who do we look to when there is nothing left? And when our eyes are on Him, He does miraculous things.

I believe God gets a kick out of doing this. I don’t mean He gets enjoyment out of our suffering, but that He delights in surprising us, in pulling us out of the mire, up from the waves.

What is He had healed Lazarus before he died? What if He had healed the girl in Luke as well? Do you think people would have been as amazed, would they have believed without a doubt…. maybe, maybe not.

What I’m saying is, if you feel discouraged, disheartened, that you’re in the worst place possible, don’t worry! Our God thrives in those type of situations. His best work happens when things feel hopeless.

If you need another example, I’ll give you one. God allowed His son to be crucified and dead for 3 days. That was His disciples, family and friends’ worst nightmare, but then, Jesus rose from the dead and became our savior and sacrifice!

So guess what? He’s not worried. He’s ready to work! Just wait for it, you’ll be amazed


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