Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mathew 19:26
Impossibilities and hopelessness are words that are mostly used interchangeably. They exist in our dictionaries today because; some situations are just like that. Here, we will be considering the two words in the light of God’s word, through the eye of faith, and with the understanding that, with God, those words are mere alphabets.
We can say a situation is hopeless and impossible when, its realization appears to be vague. At this point, believing that things will take a different dimension only suggest being a pipe dream. The death of Lazarus in the book of John 11 is an exact example of a combination of a hopeless and an impossible situation.
Mary and Martha sent for Jesus while their brother Lazarus was very sick. Rather than show up when they expected Him, Jesus came days after Lazarus had already died and possibly, was stinking.
“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Mary said to Jesus sorrowfully. Jesus commanded that the stone which was used to cover Lazarus’ tomb be rolled away. “Lord, by this time he smells, for he has been dead four days.” Martha added in unbelief. But because Jesus wanted everyone present to behold the glory of God, He cried out with a loud voice “Lazarus come forth” and immediately, Lazarus who had been dead for four days arose and was alive again.
We are hopeful in life when, there is still breath in our nostrils. As soon a person dies, every possible hope of existence dies with him – this was the case of Lazarus. I am yet to see any situation that is as hopeless as death, if you know of any, please feel free to share your thought with me. Death is the end of life and its aspirations. With all the wisdom of men, no doctor or scientist has actually discovered a drug that can bring the dead back to life. It is a hopeless and impossible situation – with men.
God is Supernatural. His Almightiness is incredible. How many times have you fidgeted in the face of a complicated matter, forgetting the One who lives in you. It is true that sometimes; some challenges appear very overwhelming, leaving no space for anyone to reason really straight.
Often times, we fast and pray, hopping things will get better for us, instead they get even worse. Imagine how Mary and Martha had felt when Jesus, who was Lazarus’ friend, failed to come around when he was still alive but, only waited until he was dead. Those same feelings crop up when, God delays in answering our prayers.
Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe…” –John 11:14, 15. You see, from the above verse, we can deduce that, Jesus deliberately delayed in visiting his friend Lazarus while he was still sick. Reason being that, the name of God will be glorified among the heathen. God always want to be exalted in our situations. He wants people around us to know that of a truth, He is Almighty. He delights in being glorified and this can only be achieved through us, His children.
Nothing is hopeless with God, not even when there is no water for us to quench our thirst. Several stories abound in the bible and even in our present dispensation where, God has dramatically turned challenges into testimonies. I understand it does not come easily, it takes pain but when God is involved, the story usually is different.
You might begin to wonder why God has to delay until a challenge is almost drowning His children before He will intervene. Many others are also concerned about the same issue. Let’s see 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you for, my strength is made perfect in your weakness.” God cannot share His glory with anyone; as a result, He works in ways and manner that will only bring glory and praises to Him alone. While you undergo any challenge, He releases His grace to pull you through.
Be encouraged and have faith for there is no hopeless situation with God. For the fact that you are reading this message, it means you are alive and there is hope for you. Even as hopeless as death is, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Do not write yourself off; don’t say things cannot get better again in your life. It would not take God anything to change your life and turn your situation around. God is able to make you smile again– for the earth is of the Lord and the fullness thereof.