21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Reading this interaction with Jesus, I get this sense that Martha has this rock solid faith in Jesus’ ability to heal people, and knows beyond a doubt that her (and her brother’s) ultimate destiny is eternity with Him.
But she doesn’t seem to quite get that when Jesus says “Your brother will rise again” that he’s talking about in the next few minutes.
Putting yourself in Martha’s shoes for a minute; how would you have responded to Jesus’ statement? We can know the truth of our eternal destiny, but in our day to day, what do we think God can and can’t do?
In Ephesians 3:20-21, Paul finishes his prayer for the Ephesians with the words
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Do we live with a faith that God can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine?
Spend some time today reflecting on what it means to live with a faith that God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power at work in us. Spend some time with God. Sit in the quiet and listen for what he might be saying to you. Respond to him in prayer.