NEW TERRITORY

DAY 59

Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

John 11:40-44

Filmore B:
The phrase "Didn't I tell you…” really stands out to me. I love that when we find ourselves in crisis and trials Jesus expects us to remember His words to us. But not only remember them, but also believe them. He is not inconsistent in what He says and what He does. Why do you think Martha struggled to believe? Why do you think we struggle to believe?

 

Samuel N:
I think we struggle to believe when Jesus is stretching our faith. When our faith is stretched beyond what it presently believes, we enter into a place of doubt: will we or won’t we believe the new level of glory He is showing us? Often we can’t conceive of what we are seeing, when we witness His glory in a new way.

Doubt is what it feels like when our faith is being stretched into new territory. Unbelief is what we call it when we feel that stretch and can see new territory. Doubt tells us we are in a stretch and have a choice whether we will believe or not; doubt can be a friend to us, if we know how to use it. Martha struggled to believe because she’d never considered a resurrection before. She could conceive of a healing because she’d seen it — and knew He could heal. She had seen that level of God’s glory. But none had ever shown His glory as resurrection, so she was in new territory.

Filmore B:
That's good, love that about Martha. "She struggled because she never considered ..." I find that to be true of most of us yeah. How often don't we consider ....?

We may be expecting His glory to be revealed in one way, but haven't yet considered He wants to work in a greater way. Resurrection was a greater and seemingly more difficult miracle to pull off. Except Jesus doesn't operate under our finite limits. All miracles are equally feasible in His eyes. He doesn't rank the degree of difficulty of our problems as we do.Therefore, we are opened up to a new territory of faith, as you say.