Day 27: God Still Moves Stones
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:38-44)
You’ve been hurt so bad. At times, the pain in your heart and the torment in your mind has been almost unbearable, and has stretched you to your breaking point. So, you’ve done what you could to survive. You’ve buried your hurt and your pain, and have declared to the world that this part of your life is over.
“If God had showed up, if He had been here, none of this would have happened! God has let me down!” And now, you’ve rolled a stone in front of the tomb, heavy enough that no one or nothing can get past it. “What’s behind that stone stinks! Don’t touch that stone!”
You see, I’ve been at this place myself, and I know how you feel. After my wife left me and sued for divorce, I threw the accusations and questions hard at God. “I prayed for You to give me a helpmate, so that I would never know about divorce or a broken home, nor would I have to see my children heartbroken and tormented. If You had only been here! If you had only done what You promised, none of this would have happened!”
And then the wall went up, and I rolled a stone in front, and I declared this part of my life over, and I dared the world, and God, to try and get through.
Whatever is in your past, whatever you’ve buried and tried to forget, God declares to you today: It’s not over. He still has a miracle He wants to do for you! He wants to glorify His name to the world through what He’s going to do for you! Be patient. All may appear quiet on your side of the stone, but that doesn't mean God isn't moving on the other side!
God still moves stones. He still removes grave clothes. He still sets people free. And very soon, when the time of your trial has been fulfilled, He will declare to the enemy over you, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”