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When the Miracle Doesn’t Happen, What Do We Do?

As she sits at the entrance of the tent, Sarah overhears the conversation between Abraham, her husband, and the three Visitors. Through these guests, the Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!”  

Almost 90 years old, Sarah laughs to herself, “After I have become shriveled up and my husband is old, will I have this delight?”

The Visitors asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why does she think, ‘Can I really have a baby when I’m old?’”  

As promised, a year later, Sarah gave birth to Isaac. 

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Is anything impossible for the Lord?

Lazarus died. He had been dead four days. With a body that had started to decay, Jesus’ friend was too far gone; it appeared there was no hope for his return. Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Jesus, “Lord if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” Did she lose hope? Who wouldn’t? But after her question, we see a pivotal point in Martha’s faith. She believed in the impossible, for she further said, “Yet even now I know that whatever You ask of God, He will give You.”

And sure enough, Jesus shouted to the dead man in the tomb, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to those surrounding Lazarus, “Loose him and let him go.”

Is anything impossible for the Lord?

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She stood before our Sunday School class and announced that her doctor discovered a tumor in her brain. With great faith and resolute determination, she and her husband chose to view this trial as an opportunity to be the Light of Christ in the darkness of this tragedy.

As she began to share her thoughts, she gave the entire class the most profound perspective.

“All who follow Christ are called to missions. Each mission looks different, but each reaches the same end – to help others trust and follow Jesus. In her case, the mission was a brain tumor.” 

On this journey, we, as a class and church, prayed for her. She did have surgery to remove the tumor, but the operation had complications. While she did not die, she had a stroke. She ended up paralyzed and blind. The journey of rehabilitation was long and hard. But through it all, this woman and her husband proclaimed Christ to all who came in contact with them. They truly were His Light in the dark.

Is anything impossible for the Lord? 

There is nothing that you are facing that is too old, too sick, or too impossible for God to intervene and turn around. Some of our challenges end well, and sadly, some do not.

Let me share something with you: It’s not God’s miracles we must believe in; yes, His miracles validate His deity; but it is the person of Jesus Christ we set our minds on. God is sovereign, and He knows what brings Him the most glory and what brings us and those in our influence the brightest light. With every trial we face, and even every miracle we experience, God brings with them a purpose: To make Christ known!

Abraham and Sarah gave birth to Isaac so that Isaac could carry the covenant promise of Jesus to us. Jesus is the focal point. God’s overarching mission was the redemption of the nations. His plan was (and is) eternal salvation.

The reason Jesus brought Lazarus back to life was not to appease the pain of Lazarus’ sisters and all who loved him; as a matter of fact, Jesus wept because He did not want to bring him back to earth where trouble and sin reside. Heaven was a better place for His friend. However, bringing him back to life was necessary; He brought Lazarus back so that the crowd witnessing this resurrection would believe that God His Father sent Him as their Messiah. 

We prayed to God for complete healing for our dear friend who had the brain tumor. God did not answer our prayer in the way we had hoped, but He miraculously gave this woman and her husband immeasurable strength and endurance to proclaim Christ to the many in their path that helped them.

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Yes, God can do anything. Sometimes our focus is on the trouble and pain of our situation. We just want God to fix it. We want the miracle! I get it. I pray for miracles all the time, but the miracle is not what we worship. Jesus is. Jesus righted Martha’s focus, and He does the same for us when He said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.”

In trouble, let’s choose to make our focus Jesus. If you are sick and claim Jesus as Lord of your life, then healing will come whether it is this side of heaven or the other. If you lack in anything, know that even in lack we can believe that God provides what He deems is our greatest need. No matter if what we face is rectified on earth or in heaven, the way to bring God glory and to have abundant peace is to “seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died (to this earth, its pain, suffering, and sin); your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.”

In our troubles, let’s remember “those who find Jesus find life…” Jesus fills our every need; it is not the miracle; when we get this, no matter the outcome, His sovereign purpose gives us peace.

Gleaned from Genesis 18:1-15; John 11:1-44; Colossians 3:1-4; Proverbs 8:35

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