How to take a stand when you feel too weak
I want to bring your attention John 11,to the story in the Bible about Lazarus being raised from the dead. When Jesus arrived on the scene, Lazarus had been dead three days. But Jesus was there bringing hope and telling them He would heal him. He wanted the people to know that they should believe in His power. He told them in verse 4, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
If God could do all this himself, why did he ask these friends to do anything?
I believe this simple story shows us that God uses other people to help us in our healing process.
In life coaching the other day, the woman who is being mistreated by a family member is ready to take a stand. She is tired of the verbal barbs that have been pelting her every time she is with her family member, on the phone, or at a holiday gathering. She's ready to finally value herself enough take a stand. But she said, "I don't know if I'm strong enough..." I told her, by herself she may not be, however - she is not alone. She has the Lord of course, but she also has friends in our life coaching group, in addition to her coach (me!) that she can call 24/7. I shared with her that just like I sometimes need friends to talk me out of getting Slurpees, (former addiction) so she needs friends to talk her through making a stand with her family member and sticking to her resolve when she feels too weak.
Just as with Lazarus, God wants to use those in our "front row" to help us through when we're too weak to do it on our own.