“You are loosed from your infirmities”
Scripture For Meditation —John 11:1-27; Rom 8:28
The Wait of Glory
The story of Lazarus is one of those passages of scripture that present us with a great opportunity to see different aspects of God’s power and sovereignty in operation.
However, in the opening verses, we see the same issue that many of us sometimes struggle with in our walk with the Lord.
We love the Lord with all our hearts, we serve Him diligently, but yet He seems to be so far away when we need Him to be near us, and then He seems to delay, right when we need Him to be there!
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” Joh 11:6 -7
Lord, do you not care that we perish? Do you not see the pain that we are going through? Do you not see that we are about to be swallowed up by this problem?
These are some of the many questions that may flood our thoughts as we desperately wait for God to show up and deliver us, and time seems to be ebbing away and the deadline swarms ominously in upon us.
“So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.” Joh 11:17-18
Does He Even Care?
We question His love for us; we doubt His care for us; we wonder if our service to Him was worth it, and sometimes even go through a crisis of faith!
“Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Joh 11:20
Maybe you also are at that place now where you are thinking that it is too late for it to happen for you again; that time has passed for your miracle. Your heart is heavy with disappointment as you wonder why He didn’t show up on time to turn things around for you?
Remember what Jesus had said earlier when he heard that Lazarus was sick—
“When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”” Joh 11:4
Whatever God permits to happen to us, He can use for His glory. Even though our faith is often geared towards believing in Him to keep our “Lazarus” alive, God’s plan may actually be to demonstrate His glory by raising Lazarus from the dead.
God will still be glorified in that situation that you are experiencing right now, whenever He chooses to show up, whatever means He chooses to use; trusting in His goodness, His faithfulness and His love for us, we are able to surrender to His sovereignty and find the grace to wait patiently on Him.
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Rom 8:28 Message Bible
Do you know anyone that’s going through a difficult situation right now and waiting on God to show up for them? Let’s sow a prayer seed into their lives as we intercede for them.
Let’s pray that they will not grow weary in waiting and that their faith will not fail.
Let’s stand in the gap for them and petition God to hear from heaven and answer them.
Let’s pray that God will be glorified in their situation and that their breakthrough will not be delayed in Jesus’s Name.
If that person is you, we are standing in faith with you and believing God for you, that your situation is not unto death in Jesus’s Name!