God wants to be glorified in our lives. We all have been in very dark places: death, loss of job/money, relationships not working out, or health issues. However, there is an opportunity for God to shine His light in these situations.
During my quiet time, John 11 came to me about Lazarus’s death. Mary informed Jesus about her brother’s sickness. Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God.” Jesus waited several days before he came to see Lazarus, and he loved Mary and Martha. In Lazarus’ natural state, at that point, he was dead.
When the disciples asked about Lazarus, Jesus said he was asleep and would wake him. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was buried for four days. When Jesus came to meet them, Martha said to Jesus, “If you had come earlier, my brother would not have died.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said, “I know my brother will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Martha told Mary. Mary met Jesus and said the same thing Martha said. Jesus said if you believe, you will see the glory of God. Jesus called for Lazarus, and he rose from the dead.
There have been times in our lives when things are so dark that we ask God, like Martha and Mary, “Where are you God?” But then, right at the end of our dark situation, God shows up. The key is that we must believe, like Mary and Martha, that we will trust God no matter how dark it gets. We even must be reminded like Jesus did Martha: “Didn’t I tell you if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
Remember, God shows up when we are right at the end of everything. Trust Him to see you through. God is a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). Even if people you know have passed on, the good news is if they knew God, they just passed on to the next life. Even though they are gone from this life, they are still alive with God in eternity.
In the end, God’s glory begins!
Prayer: God, I thank you for being a light in dark times. God, I trust you no matter how dark it gets because you are Jehovah Rohi. You are everything I need, my Shephard. There are times the pressure makes me feel like you are not there. When I cry out, you remind me in your word that you are with me and are a present help in trouble. I thank you that even through my situation and the things I go through, even if it is something I caused, you are still merciful. You take me through my dark conditions as I trust you for your glory. I give you the honor in Jesus’ name!