Anthony Wynn Ministries

Exception to the Rule

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   In the small town of Bethany lived a man named Lazarus, along with his sisters Mary and Martha. They shared a bond not just as siblings, but as friends of Jesus. Their lives were intertwined with faith and devotion, yet they faced a trial that tested the very core of their beliefs.

   John 11:1 sets the stage: “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.” This verse marks the beginning of a journey filled with despair, hope, and ultimately, divine intervention.

   Lazarus fell ill, and his sisters, knowing Jesus’s love for him, sent word to him, pleading for help. But as time passed, and Lazarus’s condition worsened, their faith was challenged. They prayed fervently, but the answer seemed elusive. Have you ever been in a situation where your prayers seemed to go unanswered, where hope dwindled with each passing day? The waiting can be excruciating, the silence deafening.

   John 11:4 offers a glimmer of hope amidst the despair: “When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” Even in the darkest moments, there is a purpose—a divine plan unfolding beyond our understanding.

   But doubt crept in, even among Jesus’s closest disciples. When our prayers seem unanswered, it’s easy to succumb to doubt and fear, to lose sight of the miraculous power of faith.

   Yet, despite the skepticism and despair, Jesus arrived in Bethany. By the time He reached Lazarus’s tomb, four days had passed since his death. The situation seemed hopeless—Lazarus was wrapped in grave clothes, sealed in death’s grip. Have you ever felt like your prayers were buried, like hope was entombed in despair?

   But Jesus defied all expectations. He called Lazarus forth from the grave, commanding death to release its hold. And Lazarus emerged, alive and well, a testament to the power of God’s timing and perfect will.

   In our lives, there are prayers we’ve wrapped up and hidden away—lost loved ones, broken dreams, seemingly insurmountable challenges. We’ve accepted defeat, resigned ourselves to circumstances beyond our control. But Jesus reminds us that He is the ultimate healer, the one who can breathe life into the deadest of situations.

   Yes, there are moments of grief, of unanswered questions and unfulfilled desires. Mary’s lament echoes through the ages: “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” We may never understand why certain prayers go unanswered, why pain and suffering exist in this world. But we can trust in a God who sees the bigger picture, whose plans far exceed our limited understanding.

   So, where have you laid your prayers? What dreams have you abandoned, what hopes have you buried? It’s time to unearth them, to bring them before the one who holds the power to resurrect the deadest of dreams.

   Let us not be resigned to defeat before the battle is even fought. Instead, let us cling to unwavering faith, believing in a God who can turn mourning into dancing, who can bring beauty from ashes.

   As we journey through life’s trials and tribulations, may we remember the story of Lazarus—a testament to the enduring power of faith, the triumph of hope over despair. And may we never cease to believe in the God who can bring the dead to life.

   I hope this post encouraged you! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this short devotional. you are so important to us here at Oasis Ministries and we are truly thankful for you. Remember to keep on praying! If you would like to hear more encouragement, click the video below! God bless you!

   Anthony Wynn

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