Bible Ballistics: BBs #328 Enough To Live On!!!
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25-26
Martha and her sister Mary had lost their brother, Lazarus. Each had a heart full of grief, loss and wonder. Why had Jesus delayed His arrival and not come to heal Lazarus? Why didn’t Jesus come sooner? These questions both Mary and Martha asked their Lord about, the same questions that we often ask. Why, Lord? Why not now, Lord? Why this, or that did or didn’t happen? These are valid questions and God the neither Father, nor Jesus the Son are ever offended at our honest, heart-felt inquiries. While some say that we aren’t to question God, I don’t believe that means that we are not free to ask God the questions on our hearts. We are not to doubt God, or question His purposes that we cannot fully comprehend, but we are free to bring Him our burdens and questions—He tells us to.
Jesus gave His life to grant to us the privilege of coming directly before God with all our burdens, questions, griefs and uncertainties. (And there is no time limit on grief!)
“The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come
that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.” John 10:10-11
We can come to Jesus because of Calvary, and His sacrifice brought the New Covenant of His Holy Spirit, who imparts the honor, privilege and opportunity to bring our every desire, burden, question and grief directly before our Lord.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help
in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
We come to The Father, Son and Holy Spirit only through the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of Jesus. And in verses 12 & 13 of this chapter, you’ll find that the judge of all things is the Word of God—the living Word, Jesus, and the written Word, the Bible. God knows where we are, and we can trust Him to hear and answer our prayers to our good, and to reveal His glory to us, in us and through us. And may we never forget to come before Him in worship—the only One worthy of worship! The privilege of asking, and the honor of receiving warrants our worship and gratitude for HIS sufficiency—He is enough to live on!
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4: 11 Amen and Amen!!!