Do you have problems in your life? Do you think it is too late for your marriage to be saved? Are your finances such that you can’t pay your bills? Are your children out of control? You do not know where to turn or what to do?
Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there were two sisters and they had a brother. They had many friends but one of these friends was a very influential person. Everything in their lives was going great, then one day disaster struck and their influential friend was away visiting another place.
One day their brother became very sick. The two sisters, let’s call them Mary and Martha, were beside themselves and very sad, but they send word to their friend that their brother, whom this friend loved, was very sick. They expected him to come and comfort them but he did not show up. The sisters had faith in this friend and thought that he would come and help them.
Their friend was with other friends and could not come when he heard the news about his beloved friend. He continued on where he was for two more days. While he was away his friend died. The sisters must have thought it was “too late.” Their brother had died and their friend had let them down. He did not even show up for the funeral. He did not come until four days had passed. It was too late for their brother. He was dead.
Well, finally their friend came but their brother had been buried for four days. How could their influential friend help now? It was “too late.” One of the sisters said to the friend, “If you had been here, our brother would not have died.” But the friend said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
She called the other sister and she said the same thing, “If you had been here my brother would not have died, now it is ‘too late’.” The friend wept and said, “Where have you laid him?”
These sisters had many friends and as they stood by they said, “Could not this influential friend have helped them had he been here? Now he is ‘too late’.”
As they all stood at the tomb where the brother was laid, their friend said, “Take away the stone.” The sisters said. “He has been dead four days and he will stink. Nothing can be done for him now, it is too late.” Their friend said, “If you will only believe you will see something wonderful.” Their friend stepped forward and prayed and then called, “Lazarus, come forth.”
And you know what happened? Lazarus came forth out of the tomb and Jesus, their friend said, “Loose him from the grave clothes and let him go.” It was not “too late.”
Yes, you will find the story about Mary, Martha, Lazarus and their influential friend in John, Chapter 11: verses 1-44. It does not matter what our circumstances are, it is never “too late” for Jesus. If we trust Him, He is not only our Savior and Lord, He is also our friend.
If He is your Savior, Lord and friend He is always concerned with what is happening in your life. If you have a need, just call on Him. He will answer. It may not be an instant answer, but He will answer.
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, Lord and friend and you want to, just bow your head now and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart and be your Savior and Lord. He will.
My heart is sore distressed;
It seems the burdens of this world
Have settled on my heart.
And yet I know...I know that God
Who doeth all things right
Will lead me thus to understand
To walk by FAITH...not SIGHT.
And though I may not see the way
He's planned for me to go...
The way seems dark to me just
But oh, I'm sure He knows!
Today He guides my feeble step
Tomorrow's in His right...
He has asked me to never fear
But walk by FAITH...not SIGHT.
Some day the mists will roll away
The sun will shine again
I'll see the beauty in the flowers,
I'llhear the bird's refrain.
And then I'll know my Father's hand
Has led the way to light
Because I placed my hand in His
And walked by FAITH...not SIGHT.
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