Are You Experiencing a Waiting Time?

by Phyllis Sather on October 30, 2014

It seems like everyone in our home is currently waiting for something.  I don’t think anyone enjoys waiting, especially when they think what they are waiting for is overdue – perhaps even long overdue.

I’m reading Luke right now and when I came to the very familiar story about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead I was reading rather quickly, thinking I knew quite a bit about the story. But then verse 6 caught my eye.” 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.”

My question was, He stayed two more days because He loved them? Wouldn’t the loving thing have been to rush to their side?

Perhaps that sounds logical from a human perspective, but what about from God’s perspective.

Everything we do is to give glory to God, right?

In their devotional for November 11th in Experiencing God, Henry and Richard Blackaby talk about God’s faithfulness.

“He is absolutely faithful to every word He speaks to His children.” “It is His nature to be faithful.”

Then they go on to say, “Allow time for God to reveal His faithfulness to you.”

Why time? Wouldn’t God have been glorified if He had healed Lazarus? Of course He would.

But…God was glorified even more by raising Lazarus from the dead! He loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus so much that He wanted them to experience even more of God.

Could this be why we are waiting? Why you are waiting?

Blackaby closes his devotional with “Someday you will reflect on what God has done and praise Him for His absolute faithfulness to you.”

Why not start now?

“Now a certain [man] was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  It was [that] Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is 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.”  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.” [John 11:1-6 NKJV]

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