Last night in our ladies’ class, LeAnne had a lesson on hope, and talked about “Doubting Thomas”, John the Baptist, referenced back to Isaiah – we were kind of all over. But there was one phrase, which she didn’t even read, that I noticed (and happened to already have underlined) that really stood out to me, especially with the way the last couple of weeks have been.
Martha’s brother had died. Been “in his grave” for 4 days at this point. It actually just now hit me that if he’s been in his tomb for 4 days, he’d possibly actually been dead a day or two longer than that, allowing time for preparation of his body for burial. Regardless, he was sho nuf dead. We aren’t told what kind of sickness he had, but we do know that Jesus was aware of it before Lazarus died, yet delayed his journey there. Now, we know that the purpose of this was for Jesus to show His power over death, but at this point, the people who knew Him had only seen Him heal sickness. So Martha says in John 11:21, “Lord, if only You had been here, my brother would not have died.” But look what she goes on to say in verse 22: “But even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask.” Martha believed in Jesus. She knew that in all things, God was with Him.
God is still with us. Though Jesus no longer physically walks the earth with us, He has given us His words and His Spirit. “But even now”, He is with us.
No matter how bad things are Whatever we are going through Wherever we are Whatever is happening Whatever we are in the middle of How deep our sorrow or despair or weariness No matter how hurt or angry or sick In the deepest pits In the strongest chains In the darkest night When we feel alone -But even now. He is the good He is with us He is our Victor and our Savior Our Lord and King He brings joy and restoration and healing He offers grace and mercy He brings peace and hope He is our balm He is our light He is our friend -Even now