And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. —John 11:43
Fear hinders, but faith marches into enemy territory. Fear appears logical and authentic, but is only a product of our senses—what we see, hear, touch, taste, and feel. Operating in the realm of the natural only leaves us vulnerable to the devil’s tactics (John 12:31).
When Jesus approached the grave of Lazarus, He saw the stone firmly in place. His sense of smell told him the man was dead. He heard with His own ears the weeping mourners. He could taste the bitterness of His own tears. But Jesus did not let His senses lead Him away from the tomb. He was not looking at the situation with the eyes of man, but with the eyes of faith. He cried out, “Lazarus, come forth!” Death fled when He looked past the natural and operated in the spiritual.
You senses may tell you to fear. Your thoughts may give you many reasons why defeat and death are your only options. But God is the God of the impossible. With God, defeating death is not impossible because He is the resurrection and the life. Trust Him to do the impossible in spite of your natural feelings and reason.
Never trust your feelings because we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Put your trust in God alone.
Lord, with You all things are possible.
Help me to trust You even when
my thoughts and senses tell me
that things are impossible.