“Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.” (John 11:5-6)
Reading the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, it is easy to miss these two short verses. As John describes what happened he points our very clearly that Jesus was not in a hurry. In fact, Jesus intentionally delayed his trip to the side of His dying friend Lazarus. It is likely that in this delay, Lazarus died and was laid in his burial tomb (as was their custom). Why would Jesus make this family go through more grief than was necessary?
In the previous verse we can see one answer. Jesus tells His disciples that what was happening with Lazarus was for God's glory. This delay brought greater glory to God and His work through Lazarus’ death.
Unlike us, God is not in a hurry. Our needs and requests seem urgent to us, but time is not a problem for our eternal Heavenly Father. Instead, what we really need is to experience God's glory in our lives. Often, God delays His answers for very good reasons. As we trust Him, we discover His plan is much better than ours.
Question: Is God making me wait for an answer?
Challenge: If I turn my eyes away from my needs and look for God's glory, I can see my life from His perspective. Then my hurry is changed to faith.
Prayer: Father, forgive my impatience in seeking Your help and use my situation for Your glory.
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks