As Jesus went to Bethany to see His friend Lazarus, He wept upon meeting his sisters, who were grieving the death of their brother. The sisters of Lazarus expressed their frustration of Jesus not showing up earlier.  Even before coming to the tomb, where Lazarus laid dead for four days, It looked to be totally hopeless for all those in attendance. 

Many have wept because of the swift changes we have all had to endure the last months. It is a healthy human reaction to grieve in the face of great loss. Many have encountered financial difficulty, sickness, and great loss has come to their homes and families. We have all wondered.. When does this freefall end, and where is God in the midst of these circumstances.

As they gathered at the tomb of Lazarus, many were critical, and said “could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying”? Jesus reacted by saying, “take away the stone from the entrance of the tomb”.  Others expressed concern about the stench of the dead body which had lain in the tomb for four days. Jesus persisted even as he groaned within himself.  Then He said, “Did I not tell you that if you will believe in me, you will see God unveil His Power?” Then with a loud voice Jesus shouted with authority, “LAZARUS! COME OUT OF THE TOMB!” Instantly Lazarus came out. 

An encouraging word for you,  from the Holy Spirit.

“In your deepest, darkest, and troubling times, I AM there for you. I have never once forgotten you or abandoned you.  You must choose to look by faith.  My love for you is higher than the tallest mountain, and larger than the greatest sea. It wraps around the entire universe time and time again for you. Do not despair at the reports of men and women, because I have a much greater and hope filled plans for you. Simply choose to look to Me in all that you do, confidently trust in Me. I will fight on your behalf, change your perception, and show you how to think and meditate upon those things that are lovely, beautiful, and eternal. Do not give up hope or throw in the towel,  as I have wonderful plans for your life,  and there is nothing any enemy of your soul can do to stop that. Blessed [Happy, Spiritually Secure, and Favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [In Me]”