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Faith in the Midst of Disappointment

John 11:21-22

Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Yet even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.”

When Martha heard Jesus was coming after Lazarus died, she went to meet Him. Somehow, in the midst of her grief, she still knew He was her answer. She knew that if He had been there, He would have healed Lazarus out of His great love for him. Even though Lazarus was dead, she knew God would do whatever Jesus asked of Him. Her hope and her faith was still firmly planted in Jesus.

When we experience times of grief or heartache, we may feel like God has let us down. We may even feel as if He is punishing us or that life is just not fair. While it can be easy to become angry or disappointed with God, our answer is always found in Him. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Martha had faith, even in her disappointment. Now that Jesus was there, He would have an answer for her. He gave her back what she had lost and displayed an even greater power than she expected.

Jesus has an answer for us, too. He can restore what was lost in our lives and reveal greater power than we expect, as well. Jesus responds to faith, and when our faith is firmly planted in Him, He will act. Don’t turn away from Him if it seems He has let you down; He is still there for you. Allow faith to rise up in you, and run to meet Him. Tell Him your disappointment, but express your faith that you know He can still work it all out for your good and His glory. Expect an answer, and watch to see how He restores your life and increases your faith. God still hears His prayers, and He still intercedes on your behalf.

Have a blessed day!

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