I just love what the Lord has to teach us from the book of John Chapter 11. In your spare time today, I encourage you to take out your bible and read it word for word.
In the meantime, I would be more than happy to share parts of it with you.
John 11:1-6(NIV): 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
If you know anything about Mary, Martha and Lazarus, you know they are very dear and special friends to Jesus. Verses 3& 6 even tells us that Jesus loved them. When the sisters sent word to Jesus telling Him that Lazarus was sick, I assume they came with great anticipation of nothing short of a miracle from the Lord. Jesus reassured them in verse 4 that the sickness will not end in death. He even went on to tell them that the occurring events were for God’s glory. Now, did the Lord immediately drop everything He was doing and rush to Judea and heal Lazarus? NO! He had the power at that moment to do anything, so did He immediately send a miracle upon Lazarus’ body? NO! What does verse 6 tell us? Jesus stayed where he was for TWO more days. What! Are you kidding me? For a man who is dying and eagerly awaiting a miracle from the Lord and for 2 sisters who are approaching Jesus to come to the rescue, 2 days could feel like eternity.
Do you agree? Have you ever had to WAIT on the Lord and His perfect timing? Is His timing always in alignment with your timing? If you are anything like me, the answer to that is a big fat honkin’ NO! (the southern in me is coming out!) 🙂 More times than not, in my prayers to the Lord, He has called me to wait. It is very rare that He just immediately does what I ask of Him.
Mary and Martha asked the Lord to heal Lazarus. He promised that the sickness would not end in death, that the Son of God would be glorified through their circumstance and yet stayed where He was two more days. Whose time-table are you on today? Are you wanting things done according to your timing or God’s? I know 2 days, 2 months or even 2 years can seem like an eternity, but rest assured that He has our best interest at hand and knows the perfect time for all of our requests. Are you waiting with great anticipation or spending your time of waiting worrying and fretting? Relax and rest in Him…… for in resting, God’s Son will be glorified through it!
There is so much more to learn from this story. I will take the next few days to continue with this story and all the truths that it has to offer. I didn’t want to bombard you with all of it at the same time and have it start running together. So for today, let’s just learn that God’s timing is perfect! He knows the exact time we need to get that important phone call, have that check come in the mail, sell our house, change jobs, and even heal our wounds and diseases. He is an on time God!