I wrote this piece a couple of years ago and have decided to rewrite it and share it again with many new readers. The title of this piece makes people pay attention when I say, “Martha had a BIG BUT”. It definitely gets your attention. You definitely get folks attention with that one! Now that I have your attention there is a deep spiritual lesson we will learn from Martha’s big BUT.
Jesus gets a message one of his best friends is gravely ill. The sisters of the man have sent Jesus a message that he needs to come very quickly because their brother is near death. Yet Jesus indicates to the disciples, that all is well and that his friend is sleeping, but he is going to go wake him up. What Jesus was saying which went right over their heads is that Jesus already knew that his friend had succumbed to the sickness, he was dead.
So Jesus and his disciples set out for Bethany to go see His friend Lazarus. The trip there takes them four days. As Jesus is arriving he is informed that His friend Lazarus has been dead for four days. Martha the older sister of Lazarus goes out to meet Him. As she is walking up Jesus she says –
John 11:21-22 If you had been here, my brother would not have died, “BUT” I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.
The first thing she says to Jesus is, Lord if you had only been here, my bother would not have died. She believed that Jesus physically being there would have made a difference. The fact is she was saying literally….. But, “I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you”.
She knew her brother was dead, she had watched him die. She had wrapped him in his burial clothes. She had buried Him. She told Jesus that she knew Lazarus would not have died had Jesus been there. And then she throws in the bombshell, the BIG BUT. What Martha was plainly saying to Jesus was, Lazarus is dead, BUT all you have to do is just ask and God will give you your request, even restoring my dead brother back to life,” That’s it plain and simple. Now that is faith.
That is revelation of the power of Christ. We need that kind of faith and revelation in our lives that Martha had. We all need big BUTS
Lord I am lonely – BUT you can
Lord, I have cancer – BUT You can
Lord, I have lost my job – BUT You can
Lord my wife has left me – BUT You can
Lord my marriage is broken – BUT you can
Lord it’s all over, I have lost everything – BUT You can
You can, You can, You can
No matter the situation; no matter how desperate is sees; nothing is final in the hands of the living God. There is always a BUT. The enemy will whisper in our ears and try to defeat us with lies – If we could have reached a doctor, if only the roads had been dry, if we had only stayed at home, if she had only left the window open, instead of saying if, we can say BUT.
I am ill Lord – BUT You can make me well
I am heartbroken Lord – BUT You can give me joy
I am broke and homeless Lord – BUT You can rescue me
I am out of work Lord – BUT You can find me employment.
My children are lost Lord – BUT You can bring them salvation
My marriage is broken Lord – BUT You can bring us back together.
Let your breaths of petitions boldly fly on wings of grace to reach the Father’s ears.
John 11:43-44 Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus called out to Lazarus and out he came. The Bible says, Lazarus came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to those standing around, who were probably in awe, gawking, with their eyes bulging out of their heads, “Get those grave-clothes off of him”. Being covered with strips of linen and with a hood over his head he was probably was hopping around and could not see where he was going. I think it would have been more humorous that way anyhow as seeing a dead man rising from the grave would seem to spook a lot of people, but if he came out hopping around, and blind-folded; well that’s a whole different story.
The lesson I want you to take from this is to learn a new use and definition for the word BUT
BUT, a divine definition that means – God can and God will! We have been taught the word but is usually used in a negative connotation. BUT, when BUT comes to God, it opens a door for victory and restoration.
Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
- 22 Inspirational Bible Verses http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/22-inspirational-bible-verses/
- When We Don’t Run To Jesus (chronicillnesspaindevotionals.wordpress.com)
- Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead (ghettoscorner.wordpress.com)
- Impossible Faith (essentialthingdevotions.com)
- An On Time God (loopyloo305.com)
- Tender Love (essentialthingdevotions.com)
- Lazarus (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)