The 11th chapter in the Bible, from the book of John tells of a situation where we see the human emotions of Jesus. A man by the name of Lazarus became ill. He was the brother of Martha and Mary. The bible says that Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters.
Not long after being ill, Jesus receives word from Mary that Lazarus died. The bible says that Jesus wept (cried). No matter who you are, death is not easy. Every day, I could cry easily from the loss of my mother a few months ago, but I choose to allow the good memories to make me laugh and the memories my children have.
Think of the death that affected you- that person that is no longer here for you to talk to. It hurts! That is why I cannot fathom why the death of Jesus and His sacrifice is such a light thing and rolls off of our tongues so casually, as if this was a normal feat! To hear of such sacrifices should humble us so that without question, we are willing to uphold the Godly principles placed before us.
Mary goes on to tell Jesus if He had been with them, her brother Lazarus would not have died and it made me ponder:
- How many times have we blamed the Lord for bad situations in our lives?
- How often have we gotten an “attitude” with God because we did not get what we wanted Him to and how we wanted Him to do something?
The Lord is not to blame for tragedy and hardships in our lives. It is easy to blame someone or talk about someone who is not physically present (or least it seems) to defend themselves. We see it happen daily. A story is told about an event and if the key people in the event are not there, you can be certain that one of those people will be blamed or the story will be misrepresented. The difference here though is the Holy Spirit is everywhere and He hears and sees everything.
Jesus told us who is behind all of the turmoil:
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT
We are eager and quick to question the Lord, His decisions, and His whereabouts in our lives…asking Him where is His presence in the situation…
but…what if the Lord has some questions for you? Just what if He needed to ask you some questions such as:
- Where were you, when He needed someone to minister to the spiritual needs of a lost or hurting soul, but you talked about them?
- Where were you when God had a direct word for your situation, through His minister and you decided not to attend service?
- Where were you when God gave you a thought to read or study in His word, to reaffirm and establish your relationship with Him, or something to use to encourage that person you would run into on that very same day (to prepare you for the conversation) but instead you chose to do it later, only to forget the thought, go to bed, or watch your favorite show?
- Where were you when God needed you to speak His word into someone’s life but you chose to speak and transfer gossip about the man or woman of God?
- Where were you when God needed you to make the purpose He has given you a priority in your life, but instead you chose to place your personal agenda before His?
God has been there! No, He has been HERE! In fact, He is here now, seeking for you!
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10 NLT
You’ll find Him, if you seek for Him.
“I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17 NKJV