How often do things that seem to be going so well, suddenly take a turn for the worse? Perhaps a dream house for which the mortgage was just falling into place suddenly fell through. Dreams of migrating to greener pastures had all worked out and then suddenly an emergency popped up that things seem as if you the time frame doesn’t seem possible. Perhaps it was a loved one who was walking firmly in God suddenly having lost their footing. It may have been dream of marriage with someone you cherished suddenly dashed as the other person become a stranger. Migration, marriage, family member, career, education, ministry, assets, health … the list goes on and perhaps the mention of one of them makes you feel deflated and defeated!
The situation seems pretty GRAVE if you ask me you say! Your heart goes plop, you feel discouraged and even perhaps depressed. You analyse the situation, you wonder what you did wrong, what is blocking it and you even wonder whether it was all a GRAVE mistake that God is protecting you from! (It could be indeed a grave mistake that God is protecting you from, you do need to ask discernment from God to know His will).
Grave mistakes make me think of the grave! I think of Lazarus who was in his grave for FOUR days John 11:17. (Meditate on John 11 before you go on reading!)
His sisters had already sent word to Jesus when he was sick.
But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God” (11:4).
He stayed where He was two days longer and told the disciples, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” (11:11). As they didn’t understand, He finally told them plainly,
“Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (11:14).
Finally when Jesus enters the scene, Martha tells Him, her brother wouldn’t have died if He had been here. Mary told Him the same thing when she met Him too. Jesus wept when He saw Mary and others weeping – despite knowing what was going to transpire next! Our feelings even in the waiting time matters to HIM! Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and many believed!
When Jesus was crucified, it seemed as if it was all over, that He was defeated. Many had a good laugh mocking Him but they didn’t have the last laugh. Nothing could put an end to God’s plan for Jesus die on that cross to bridge the gap between us and our Heavenly Father – that innocent blood cleansed us from our sins giving us the awesome privilege of intimacy with the Father through Jesus Christ.
Likewise with the brothers of Joseph who sold him as a slave to foreigners and laughed thinking they had put an end to Joseph’s dream of ruling over them. They didn’t have the last laugh. What they intended for harm, God turned it around for good. Not only had they had to be subject to him at the end, but also depend on him for their survival. What God promised did come to pass – they tried to stop it but they couldn’t and in fact they themselves were the recipients of a blessing through God’s will!
The 11:11 number leaped out at me again – and as some of my readers know I have written before how since 11th of November (11-11) 2014, these numbers and multiples have been catching my eye daily. Even now as I wrote the reference John 11:11, the Rhema word leapt out.
- How many of you have loved ones in your life who have fallen asleep – who have died spiritually? It may have seemed forever since but Jesus often delays before awakening!
You may be weeping right now over your current situation that seems as if it belongs to the grave, but Jesus is weeping watching you while He awaits to awaken it from ‘death’ so that God can be glorified.
Until He says it’s over, nothing is over! Don’t doubt what He has said or shown!