Are you past hope in restoring your marriage? I know that some of you think you are, but are you sure about that? What about a marriage that's dead? What if there's nothing left for either partner? Is all hope gone?
What if you're struggling to the point where you feel like giving up? What if you both are?
Consider this piece of scripture. It's pretty cool, so read closely.
John chapter 11 gives us an account of Lazarus, brother to Mary and Martha. When their brother fell sick they sent word to Jesus to come and see him. Verse 11 tells us that when Jesus heard his friend was sick, He waited two days before leaving. Two days.
Why? We'll get to that soon.
So He waited two days to go see him. And what we read in verse 14 is rather curious. We discover that Jesus knew very well by this time that Lazarus was dead.
When Jesus finally got to Bethany (only about two miles away), Lazarus had been dead for four days.
Martha rushed out to meet him. She believed that Jesus could have healed him. They all believed that, so why didn't He?
This was the question that seemed to be on everyone's lips, "Why?"
Approaching the tomb, Jesus asked that they roll away the stone, but they had some hesitation. After being dead four days, the stench would be horrific. But nevertheless they obeyed His command.
Once the stone was rolled away, Jesus prayed to the Father and then we're told, "He cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth!' And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, 'Loose him, and let him go'" (John 11:43-44).
Now let's address that question, why? Why did Jesus wait so long before going to see His beloved friend?