““Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told her.
Martha said, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and told Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died! ” When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved.
But some of them said, “Couldn’t He Who opened the blind man’s eyes also have kept this man from dying? ””
John 11:23-24, 32-33, 35, 37 HCSB
How do you react when God doesn’t show up when you believe He should?
I feel like most of us, without even realizing it, put a time stamp on God. We send prayers to Him saying that we need something handled that only He can handle and then we turn the hourglass over and start counting God down until He solves our problems. When the sand runs out and God hasn’t completed the task we assigned Him, we want to complain and say, “if only You had come sooner. If only You had worked things out last week I would’ve had money for rent. If only You had done this last year they wouldn’t have left me.” But it doesn’t work like that.
We are the creation of the Creator. We live in time, we don’t operate outside of it. God doesn’t operate on our time…we operate on His. Just because He doesn’t perform a miracle in the allotted time we give Him doesn’t mean He can no longer perform it. There are no expiration dates on Christ’s miracles.
Mary and Martha had sent Word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was sick but Jesus didn’t come immediately.
“So the sisters sent a message to Him: “Lord, the one You love is sick.”
When Jesus heard it, He said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”
John 11:3-6 HCSB
Q: If Jesus got the word that they needed Him and He loved them, why didn’t He move immediately?
A: The same reason why He may not always move as quickly as you and I would like- So that God can get the glory.
Jesus waited to answer the call of Mary and Martha so that He could perform a miracle in their lives that would bring God the glory…so that He could perform a wonder that would bring others to believe through their situation.
Once Lazarus had died, many Jews had gathered to mourn with the sisters. Little did they know, they had front row seats to a miracle.
“After He said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out! ” The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him and let him go.” Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him.”
John 11:43-45 HCSB
Your trials aren’t only about you.
Sometimes God doesn’t work out our situation immediately or heal our body instantly because there are some people who need to see us in our dead situation so that when He shows up and shows out they can put their faith in Him as well.
Having faith isn’t about quick fixes. Faith is about believing that God knows what He is doing and trusting that even if He may not show up right when we want Him, He will ALWAYS be there right on time.
Ps- Many believe that Jesus wept because His friend Lazarus had died. Not true. Jesus wept because those He was close to, those who knew Him, those who had seen Him perform miracles time and time again, doubted Him when it came to their own situation.
“When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved. Jesus wept.”
How many of us are guilty of this? We can believe that Jesus did all of these wonders in the Word and even believe that He will work in the lives of others but then we doubt His ability to work through our own lives…When we read it written on a blog or say it out loud it sounds crazy right? But many of us do this daily without even noticing it. How do we have faith for another’s situation but not our own? Hmmm…I guess that this is a perfect question for a blog post for another day.
Send me why you think we may lack faith when it comes to situations in our own lives but can believe God to move in the lives of others around us.
Email your responses to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Let me know if you would like for your responses to be anonymous or not.)