The Last Thing I Need
Learning not to give unsolicited advice to my homeschooled children was difficult as they were growing older. I usually went overboard in my explanations in case something would go wrong. I wanted to save them from failure, expense, and pain. However, I learned that some of the most amazing lessons are taught to our children when we wait to rescue them. As they struggle to find the correct answer or make the right decision, they are being prepared for a life led by the Lord.
Both Mary and Martha were looking for answers in their grief. Their brother Lazarus had died because Jesus had not arrived in time. Jesus could have gotten to Bethany much quicker than He did, but He chose to wait two extra days (John 11:6). Martha responded by telling the Lord that if He had been there, He could have saved her brother (John 11:21). When Christ said to roll away the stone of Lazarus' grave, Martha offered advice the Lord didn't need to hear a second time when she said, "Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days" (John 11:39b). Martha's limited faith was being challenged to become an unlimited faith in Jesus. Christ proved He not only could heal the sick, but He was also able to raise someone from the dead.
Does your faith limit God in what He can or cannot do in your life? Are you willing to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)? God knows what He is doing, and the last thing He needs is your advice. He is waiting to see if you will trust and believe in Him for the impossible, instead of telling Him what to do. Will you trust Him today for the answers you need?
Lord, You are a great and mighty God who doesn't need my help or advice. Forgive me for telling You what to do and limiting what You want to do in my life. Help me today to trust in Your way and Your will. In Jesus' name, Amen.