When Jesus Delays

Apr 1, 2016 1211

“Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death” (John 11:3-4).

Jesus always looks at the ultimate. You and I are often too much moved by the immediate, the present. It is hard for us to see the ultimate and weigh things by the end.

In the well-known story of Lazarus, observe that Jesus was going to give them something better than they hoped for. If he had gone to Bethany right away, then he would have raised Lazarus from his bed. Instead, he went later and raised him from the grave. Which was greater? Which was most for the glory of God? Jesus had saved some people from the grave within a matter of hours of their death, like Jairus’ daughter. So Jesus could have done for Lazarus what he did for a few. But he didn’t. He did something for Lazarus that was unique.

God wants to do something special and unique for all of us; and perhaps God has to delay his answers to some of our prayers in order to give us the best answer.

To see the love of God in the delays of God is a mark of Christian maturity. Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. When we see what He is, we will interpret circumstances in the light of his heart instead of interpreting his heart in the light of circumstances.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “When God is Silent.”

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