Is anything too difficult for God? No. So don’t limit what God can do or how He can do it. We must humble ourselves like a little child to receive from God. So many times, we put a timetable on God. When it doesn’t happen the way, we think or, when we think, we give up on our faith. Most people drop the ball on the one-yard line. Don’t limit when God can do it.
There is a great story that pertains to God’s timing, and it’s found in John 11. Let’s look at that story from the Word of God. “Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore, the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this, He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:1–10
I can just see the disciples looking at each other going, what? Sometimes we think of the disciples as these mighty patriarchs. We picture Peter, James, and John with white hair and a beard to match. No, these guys were some of the least likely to be chosen by God, and it took them a while to lay hold of things Jesus was teaching. I say this to encourage us. Let’s go on with the story now. “These things He said, and after that, He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord if he sleeps, he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.” John 11:11–14
With God Anything Is Possible
Did you know this is the only story in the Bible where it is recorded that Jesus wept? Why? Maybe it’s because He realized that they didn’t believe Him. They didn’t believe anything was possible with God. Jesus is thinking, “If they don’t get it that I can raise Lazarus from the dead, they’re going to have a hard time when I’m killed and buried.” This is the whole reason behind the death and resurrection of Lazarus. God wanted people on earth to know that if He can raise Lazarus from the dead, then God can raise His own Son from the dead.
Let’s continue the story. “Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:16–26
Jesus is asking the most important question of our lives today. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life and that anyone who believes in Him, though he may die, yet will he live? Let me take this one step forward. Maybe you are a mature Christian and you believe that God will resurrect your body after it dies, but do you believe that God will resurrect your dream?
God Can Resurrect Your Dream
Don’t let anyone or anything kill your dream because today Jesus is the Lord of the resurrection. God can resurrect your dream. Think about it. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26). Do you believe this? Mary believed. Let’s look at Mary’s reply. “She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” John 11:27–28
Now I want you to see something here. It does not say that Jesus was calling her. Mary was in the house. You can almost see her grief-stricken or maybe even pouting, but Martha is feeling some faith, so she goes to Mary and tells a little fib. Martha says, “The Rabbi’s calling you,” because Martha wants Mary to get in on this. Maybe it’s not too late. Maybe though Lazarus has been in the tomb for four days, maybe though it looks like our dream is dead, maybe the resurrection isn’t going to take place someday—maybe the resurrection of our dream is going to happen today.
A Rare Kind of Faith
Are you ready for the resurrection of your dream today? Hallelujah! Let’s continue our story. “As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the town but was in the place where Martha met Him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:29–32
The disciples weren’t getting it. Mary and Martha weren’t getting it. Nobody was getting it. To have this kind of faith is a rare, rare thing. But God will give you this kind of faith if you’ll realize there is no limit to what He can do, there is no limit to how He can do it, and there is no limit to when He can do it. Even if it looks like it’s dead, Jesus is the Lord of the resurrection. Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Can Jesus’ resurrection touch your dead dream and bring it to life? I hope you’re shouting, “Amen!”