It’s Never Too Late

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“Now Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.'” (John 11:21,22)

There are times when I feel my prayers are not going any higher than the ceiling. I pray and pray, but the pain, sleepless nights, fatigue, and chemical sensitivities stay with me. I make trip after trip to the doctor, coming home not feeling any better than when I went. Oh, I would be the first to tell others that God is right there with them, and He does answer our prayers. At times, I can tell myself this is true, and know that God is truly hearing and answering, but at other times, I just want to be well NOW!

I heard a song last night, and the last line spoke a real message to my heart. The song tells how Jesus arrived just “after” Lazarus had died. In Martha’s mind, Jesus was too late. She said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” This hurt Jesus so much, because, not only did He love Lazarus, too, but He also had a reason for not going right when He had been called.

He gave the command to take away the stone from the grave. Then He worked an even greater miracle than making Lazarus well from his sickness — He raised him from the dead!

Jesus had prayed to the Father (and I paraphrase) that He chose to do this miracle, “so the people (us, too) might believe that the Father had sent Him.”

This account tells me, just as the last line of the song I heard, that “Jesus might be “four days late, (or longer at times) but He is always right on time!”

What blessed comfort to know Jesus is coming to help me! So, I’ll keep on praying continuously.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Help me to wait patiently for you to act. Be my strength even when I can’t feel You near. And, thank you for choosing me as an instrument through which You might be glorified. Amen.

About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Dayton, Ohio. She lives with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, just to name a few. Alice knows some of these things will come on her because in God’s word it says, “The outward man is wasting away, but the inward man is being renewed daily.” She lives with that hope, and knows that only through Jesus can she make it through each day.

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8 thoughts on “It’s Never Too Late

  1. Alice,
    God can send messages to us in whatever way He chooses. He spoke to you through that song and then you could share that message with many. And your ‘spiritual ears’ were open to hear.
    You were ministered to by the Lord and then you were able to minister hope to many others by writing this. Thanks for doing so.

  2. Alice

    I agree with Carol – Thank you for being open to hearing what God had to say to you and then sharing it with us.

    I have been blessed by your words and encouraged as well. It is so hard to understand the ‘not right now’ answers that we sometimes receive from the Lord but Praise God, He is NEVER late. Thanks for this reminder.

    Praying for you!

    Gentle hugs,

    Heather

  3. Alice – again you bring us an insightful message.

    I, too am so quick to bring a encouraging word to others yet am so in need of the message myself. How ironic is that?

    God does have plans beyond our knowing – better plans and so our trust in Hims so important.

    In the meantime, during our waiting times we have Him near and we have each other. As in the Lazarus story – Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead but he told those nearby to unwrap him and they (so to speak ) completed the healing with their help and encouragement. This is what each of us can do for one other – unwrap cares with our words of encouragement among other acts that show our care.

    Bless you!
    Love,
    Lynn

  4. Oh Amen, Alice ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the story of Lazarus. Whenever I think Jesus isn’t listening, I remember that he was filled with compassion over those who were grieving and wept with them – even though he was on his very way to raise Lazarus from the dead!

    Thank you so much for your personal words of encouragement! I really relate! And now I will repeate until I “hear” it – he’s never late, he’s never late, he’s never late ๐Ÿ™‚

    God Bless!

  5. Thank you all, ladies for your words of encouragement. I have needed much encouragement here lately, so I really appreciate all that you shared with me. I am so thankful that what I shared helped others.

    When rereading my devotional, I realized that I didn’t actually tell you what the words of the”last line” of the song were. So, I share it now —

    “Jesus may be four days late, but He’s always right on time!”

    So, we’ll try hard to wait for Him — He is truly always on the way. (Actually, He is right with us each moment of our lives – whether we feel his presence or not.)

    Prayers and hugs to all of you. Alice

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  8. To Lisa Copen — Lisa, if you read this, can you explain to me what the last two posts are about that I see in the “comments” section under the devotional I wrote above? Thanks.

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