Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany,
the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume
and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus
who was [now] sick.
So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom you love
[so well] is sick.
Mary and Martha were in need of a miracle. Their brother
was sick and it didn’t look like he was getting better.
Like Mary and Martha I NEED a miracle! I need Jesus
to come through for me. If He doesn’t come through for me
what am I supposed to do? The enemy will win if He doesn’t
“Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still
stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.
So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already
been in the tomb four days.”
John 11:6, 17 AMP
I sort of understand what happened here. Jesus could have left
immediately but He didn’t.
Was He testing Mary and Martha’s faith?
But let’s look at what was happening with Martha and Mary.
They had called for the Master but He hadn’t arrived yet.
That time of waiting couldn’t have been easy. As time passed
their brother’s health deteriorated. Where are you Jesus, was
the question on their minds. How long could they keep
waiting? Did they feel abandoned by Jesus, like He didn’t
care what they were going through?
Still no show.
As all this was happening, the bible tells us that:
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.
John 11:5 AMP
Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters very much. It wasn’t
easy seeing the sisters broken at thier loss. He wept with
He is not up in heaven playing cruel jokes on His
people. He doesn’t get a kick from seeing us in pain.
He has a plan for us!
When I read this story I think of the things I am trusting
God for. There were times in my life in my trusting that
I would lash out at God because I thought He had abandoned
and forgotten about me. But it’s not true!
There are still some things I am trusting Him for, things
that I prayed for, years ago. Has it been easy? Heck
no. But I know He can be trusted. He has a plan in the
waiting. He has a plan in the midst of the pain. He has a plan!
As I wrap up I would like to challenge you to wait on Him.
He knows where you at, truly!
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