Isn’t it amazing how the never changing God is so good at changing circumstances that seem or feel like they will never change?
Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” In the Passion Translation it says, “For God’s Word is something to sing about! He is true to his promises, his word can be trusted, and everything he does is reliable and right.”
Mark 5:21-43 tells us of a beautiful miracle that Jesus performed. I am not going to quote the whole passage but excerpts from verses 35- 42 which read as follows:
“…They told him [Jairus], “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher [Jesus] now.” But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.”Mark 5:35-42.
I don’t know what the devil or people or your own insecurities or doubts or fears have been telling you is dead and you should stop bothering Jesus about it. The worst thing that could happen in life is death. But Jesus showed us multiple times that He is God even over death.
In Ezekiel 37:1-14 is a story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. We too may have areas in our lives that look like valleys of dry bones. Valleys, low points, closed doors or things we do not have the power to revive or change. We too may have areas where our hope has dried up and we wonder if the bones will ever live again. If that dream will ever come to pass. If that situation will ever change. If we will ever get better in an area of our lives. I hear Jesus speaking to us today and telling us not to be afraid but to have faith. Don’t lose hope.
Jesus does not only have the power to resurrect and redeem things in our lives, He said that He is the resurrection and the life, John 11:25. How amazing is that. It is one thing to have the power to do something, it’s another to be that something. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Whatever dry bones may be sitting in our life’s valleys or whatever dead things that we think are long gone- like that promise you received from God years ago that seems as though nothing is happening; Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He can breathe life into any situation.
We have one job, people, we are not to be afraid and we are to have faith (ok so two jobs, lol). But we must also observe what Jesus did in our verses above. He moved away from the people who were speaking negatively and pronouncing death on the girl and he surrounded himself with faith filled people. That is godly wisdom right there. We won’t get to see the situation change if we are surrounded by doubt and fear. We need to surround ourselves with faith filled believers who will help us hear from God and help us speak life to our situations. Speak life to the gifts of God within us. Speak life to the God dreams in us.
We sometimes experience situations where we feel as though there is nothing we can do. The good news is, when we have Jesus in our lives, nothing is impossible. God’s word is true and He is faithful in all He does. I am reminded of the song, “It’s not over” by Israel Houghton and the words say, “It’s not over, It’s not finished. It’s not ending, it’s only the beginning when God is in it. All things are new. All things are new.”
Love and blessings,