Dead Ends

This post is long overdue as this sermon was from Easter.

This story is about the death of Lazarus in John 11. Jesus speaks in verse 4 saying, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” This verse shows that God brings glory to himself through the worst news.

From verse 5 to verse 14, everyone believed Jesus was going to come help, but it turned out they all had to wait longer than they expected because for 2 days he did nothing.

Because of the delay, there were there people who felt “dead”. Dead in their doubts, dead in their discouragement, and dead in their delay.

1 – Thomas was Dead in Doubts

Thomas felt that nothing was going to turn out good. He had prayed a prayer, it didn’t happen, and he was overcome with doubts.

A person who is dead in doubts might be someone who questions why if God is good, bad things happen. 

Then Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” John 11:16

2 – Mary was Dead in Discouragement

Mary stayed at home even though Jesus was coming. She felt stuck in life and didn’t want to leave her house.

A person who is dead in discouragement might be someone who never sees anything good that happens. They might be smiling on the outside, but are hurting on the inside. They are always depressed, feel they will never have a good marriage, always will fail as a parent or feel as though no one loves them.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. John 11:20

3) Martha was Dead in Delay

According to verse 21, Martha felt God took too long. Jesus should have come back earlier, but he didn’t.

A person who is dead in delay might be someone who feels they will never marry, have a baby, or receive healing from a medical issue.

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days… “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:17, 21

God’s delays are not God’s denials.

There are so many different ways we can feel like we are dying on the inside. Trapped. Delayed. Doubts. Thoughts. Depressed. Dysfunctional families. Calloused Heart. Fear. Lonely. Broken Marriages. Unemployment. But, when we seek God we get freedom from all of this.

Even Now

Verse 22 says, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

So Even Now when something is dead, God can bring it back to life with His resurrection power. Even Now, when we feel dead in our delays, our doubts, our thoughts, our day to day life, God can bring us life! If God can defeat death, He can do anything, including resurrect us from dead ends.

Having an “Even Now” Faith believes that Even now all things are still possible with God – John 11:22

What dead ends are you facing? How have these dead ends affected you? Hold on to the truth that all things are possible with God. Even now when we feel stuck in our delay and still don’t have a baby, we are reminded that God’s delays are not His denials!

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7 Comments
  • JoJo
    Posted at 01:26h, 19 July Reply

    Wow amazing post. Just what I needed. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Charity
    Posted at 02:54h, 19 July Reply

    Amen! So thankful that delayed does not mean denied. We feel stuck in our delay too, but I’m praising God anyway. Thank you for this reminder. It’s one of my favorite scriptures because Jesus wept for the sorrows of the people. He cares for us even in our doubt, discouragement, and delays. I’m so thankful!

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 10:57h, 19 July Reply

    I’m so thankful that His delays are not His denials!!

  • Emily
    Posted at 11:36h, 19 July Reply

    I want to believe He is not denying me with all of my heart. Delays sure feel like denials many days, but I do know in my heart there must be a reason we’re just not receiving the baby we want so badly and that He will step in “even now” to bless our family. I love being reminded of that, and I NEED to be reminded of that, so thank you!

  • fillmynest
    Posted at 13:07h, 19 July Reply

    Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful reminder to choose to LIVE in Christ!

  • GatorGirl
    Posted at 21:01h, 21 July Reply

    Amen!

  • torthúil
    Posted at 20:26h, 24 July Reply

    Here from ICLW! I try very hard not to think in terms of “dead ends,” but in terms of a bend in the road, or, of choosing a different path. Sometimes the choice to take a different road is forced upon you, so to speak, but you can still choose *how* you walk that path. We try, despite the disappointments and shocks that IF presents, to (eventually) re-focus on that way forward.

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