Thursday, June 6, 2013

Practical Unbelief

Martha - Remembering what is most important in the midst of our busy days

Martha was such a practical soul, wasn't she?  She was plain-spoken, like Peter, and always busy.  I can imagine that even while she mourned the loss of her brother, she was capably directing the food, the mourners and the funeral arrangements.  I think it was because of her straightforwardness that Christ always spoke to her in the same manner.  He reproved her in very plain language during the "famous" meal in her house, and I don't know if she would have understood it any other way.  But she was also the one to whom He spoke very plainly about Who He was and what He planned to do.

John 11: 21-27

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Christ's answer was clear and her statement of belief was clear, too.  But though she heard what He said and believed it for the future, she had a hard time letting her belief govern her actions in the present.

John 11: 39-40

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Isn't that just like you and I?  We have God's clear revelation that He is good, that we can trust Him, that He is our Salvation, our Rock, our Comforter, our Friend, and yet we still grumble and complain about our lives and question Him as though He really doesn't quite understand the current situation.  Shame on us!


Every time you find yourself complaining or worrying or grumbling today, stop.  Do you really believe what you are saying?  That "God maybe could have done something at one time, but it's too far gone for Him to help now" or "This really is beneath His notice, so I better see what I can do" or "I'm so thankful that I'm saved for eternity, but that's not for a long time yet."  Nothing is beneath His notice!  He is always working out His will!  And eternity starts right now.  

Once you've stopped grumbling, begin to praise Him.  List things that you are thankful for.  Sing some of the beautiful hymns of praise.  Bless others.  And if the pain is too great right now to see through, just be like Mary who bowed before Him in her trust and tears, even though she didn't understand His actions.  She didn't need His words of assurance, He didn't scold her for her sorrow, He simply wept with her and then worked all things to the glory of His Father.   What a precious picture that is!!  

May each of us live a life of praise today!!

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