In my blog post yesterday, we read from John Chapter 11 verses 1-6. We learned that the Lord has perfect timing through the story of Lazarus becoming ill. Today we will continue in this story and glean yet another truth from the Lord. In order to teach the main point, I want you to read verses 7-16 below.
John 11:7-16 (NIV1984):
7 Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. 10 It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
After the Lord waited two days, he told the disciples it was time to go back to Judea (vs 7). Clearly the disciples thought this was one crazy idea because that is where the Jews had previously tried to stone Him. They questioned His authority, as if they knew better than He did where He should be traveling. The disciples didn’t really understand that the true light would be walking in the light! He is the light. He is all power and He knows where it is safe and where it is not. Jesus was willing to go to the exact place the disciples thought unsafe to go.
Where are you traveling? What destination are your travels taking you? Does it feel uncertain? Are you slightly afraid because in your mind it is “unsafe” territory? If the Lord is leading you down the path, He is the light so you will be safe. You might not understand why, you may question the timing and reasoning, but He has a perfect plan and will work all things out for your good (Romans 8:28). Trust me when I tell you that you can trust Him!
The disciples didn’t understand what Jesus had planned when they arrived to Bethany. He told them He was going there to wake Lazarus up. In their minds, Lazarus was sick and needed rest. Thank you Jesus for not listening to the disciples thoughts and opinions over the situation and thank you Jesus for not listening to our opinions in our current situations. The Lord knows what is best. He knew that He had to wake Lazarus up from the dead but the disciples could not even understand or fathom what He was saying. Our flesh is unable to comprehend and understand the amazing wonders and the power of God.
Jesus told the disciples in verse 14 that he was glad they had waited and wasn’t at Lazarus’ side immediately so that the disciples would learn to believe. The same truth applies to our own lives. If the Lord told us the entire story, if he revealed everything to us all at one time, we would not even be able to comprehend it. We most certainly would not be able to handle the information or all the Lord is calling us to if He unfolded the entire story to us all at one time.
What is the Lord calling you to? Where is He leading you? Are you going to trust Him? Will you follow even though you may not understand the reasons or outcome? Jesus chose not to reveal all of the story to the disciples at that given time, for if He had, they would not have had to believe. Instead, they just had to go! I hear Him calling you. Will you answer the call? Will you go?