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No Problem Is Greater Than God

“Martha then said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.'” John 11:21-22 (NASB)
Lazarus was dead. Mary and Martha, his sisters, together with friends and neighbors, knew that he was dead and felt the oppressive weight of sorrow. What had happened in this home was an old story repeated whenever a person who was loved and needed died. The depth of heartache and grief was not made less thereby, however. Their sorrow touched Jesus’ heart: “He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled” (John 11:33).
Many situations cause those who suffer and their friends to wonder if anyone cares enough to do anything, or if anyone who cares can do anything. Not only death but also various other events diminish life for us; a child gone wrong, a marriage destroyed, a career wrecked, a reputation tarnished, a confidence shaken, a body disabled, a mind shattered. In human strength we are helpless; our friends are helpless.
Even the impossible situation of death is not too great for God. He who created life to begin with can also restore what He has created. Lazarus was already dead. Who but God could change that?
Though Jesus is the chief figure in the drama as it unfolded, and though, as He said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), God is the power behind the miracle. Jesus spoke of “the glory of God” (John 11:4) in this connection. John narrated that Lazarus’ resurrection was the answer to Jesus’ prayer. What Jesus did, He did in the name and power of the Father.
This is the real answer to all our problems: the power of God as Christ has made Him known. And that does not consist of what God does but that God does. In other words, with God at work on the problem, that is sufficient. How God works on a problem is not important; but that He is at work on the problem is important.

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