Have you ever had a problem so challenging that you can barely pray for lack of faith?
Look at Daniel 6 when God could have stopped King Darius from sentencing Daniel or prevented the king’s servants from throwing him into the lions den. God let Daniel go in to the den and then IN THE NICK OF TIME God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions. Daniel trusted The Lord and prayed 3 times every day in spite of dangerous opposition. God was glorified by royal decree to be feared and reverenced in the kingdom. 1 Thess. 5:17
We can look at many others who were saved IN THE NICK OF TIME. The three Hebrew men in Daniel 3 (saved from the flames), Jonah (saved by a fish), Peter (saved by an angel) and the thief on the cross (saved by Jesus); ALL IN THE NICK OF TIME. These accounts really attract our attention because we’ve all been caught, as some point, in a desperate no-win situation that provokes us to pray earnestly.
STORY: My friend, “Big Bill,” was just a little slow but very lovable and had a challenging childhood because of his slight disability. One day he was walking home from school with his sister when some neighborhood thugs began to harass them. Bill immediately ran home, leaving his sister alone with the gang of troublemakers. She just thought, because he was a little socially awkward, he could not help himself from running away in a panic. Actually, Big Bill ran home to open up the doors of his house and released their dogs. They came to his sister’s rescue IN THE NICK OF TIME and the bullies all had to run away. Bill was not being simple minded; he was being smart. These are all great stories that give birth to hope and optimism.
Now, what about Lazarus in John chapter 11? The classic rescue scenario did not go the way everyone expected. Not only did Jesus miss his IN THE NICK OF TIME appointment; He was too late to save His friend whom He loved. He was at least 4 days late; after the death, the funeral and the burial. REMEMBER, JESUS SAID NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. (Luke 18:27)
IN JOHN 11 JESUS CALLED FOR THE GRAVE STONE TO BE MOVED, HE CALLED LAZARUS BACK TO LIFE AND HAD HIS GRAVE CLOTHS REMOVED. THIS IS POSSIBLY THE GREATEST MIRACLE JESUS EVER PERFORMED BUT WHAT BROUGHT IT ON?
WHERE DID THIS MIRACLE BEGIN? IT BEGAN WAY BACK ON VERSE 3… THEY SENT WORD TO JESUS...
NEVER - FEEL ALONE IN YOUR DIFFICULTY. THERE ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE WORSE OFF AND EVEN MORE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SURVIVED THE VERY THING YOU’RE GOING THROUGH.
Jesus said you will have trouble in this world but He has overcome the world. – John 16:33
So, what impossible and overly-intimidating puzzle are you dealing with? Pray faithfully like Daniel, trust like the three Hebrews in the furnace and send word to Jesus like Mary and Martha did. Tell Him what you need. OUR GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER YOU.