I don’t get Him because He is Almighty and Sovereign.
He has the power to do absolutely anything in the world.
He can answer the prayer you have been praying for years in a millisecond and yet He doesn’t.
He deliberately chooses not to.
It’s not that He doesn’t hear you.
It’s not that He doesn’t care about you.
It’s not that He wants your future to be bleak and hopeless.
No… He has great plans for your life.
And yet even when you are down on your knees crying out for answers, for healing, for an open door, and for a breakthrough He remains silent.
This is something Mary and Martha knew too well.
Their brother Lazarus had gotten sick so they immediately sent Jesus word to come and heal him.
They knew all it would take is one word from Him and their brother would be up and walking again.
But when word got to Jesus that they were seeking His help do you know what He did? He stayed where He was for two days. (John 11:6)
And that’s what makes no sense to me.
If one of my best friends was dying in a hospital bed and I had the power to do something to heal her I wouldn’t waste a single second in getting to her.
I would quit all my plans and jump on the first plane, train, boat, or car to get to her.
But that’s not what Jesus did.
From the human perspective I would look at that and say “well, Jesus doesn’t really care all that much about Lazarus” but that’s not true.
It says in John 11:5 that He loved Lazarus, and not only that but later when He does come to see him He weeps along with Martha and Mary about his death. (John 11:35)
And yet He chose to wait.
Why? Because He already knew that Lazarus would die and it would give Him an opportunity to perform the unimaginable: raise Him back to life.
Sometimes I think God does the same in each one of our lives.
We cry out to Him for help and He deliberately chooses to wait.
He chooses to wait until like Mary and Martha we find ourselves hopeless and helpless wondering how our beloved friend can leave us hanging when we need Him most.
How the God of the universe who has the power to change our circumstances with just one word can choose to seemingly ignore us.
We want our healing, our open door, our answered prayer right now, just like Mary and Martha wanted for Lazarus.
And it would have been good for Jesus to have dropped everything He was doing to run to Lazarus and heal him as fast as He could.
But it was so much better for Him to wait.
Because if Jesus came right away Lazarus would have had a testimony of a healing.
But if Jesus waited as He did then he would have a testimony of resurrection.
And getting raised from the dead is just a little bit more of a bigger deal than getting healed.
I don’t know what you are waiting on today.
Which door is still closed in your life and what prayer remains unanswered,
But I DO know that we have an all powerful Almighty Father in heaven for whom nothing is impossible.
I DO know that if God is making us wait it’s not in vain.
Just because you didn’t get the opportunity you were hoping for doesn’t mean you never will.
You will when the time is right according to God.
And when you do you will have a testimony like Lazarus did that because God waited on giving you the answer to your prayers your testimony of His faithfulness will be even greater than if He gave you what you asked you for today.
Sometimes the period of waiting that makes no sense to us is just a huge blessing in disguise waiting to be discovered.
Sometimes the only reason God holds out on giving us what we want today because He has something even better planned for us tomorrow. I think this quote from Mandy Hale’s most recent book sums it up perfectly.
Today I challenge you to set aside any deadlines or expiration dates you have given God to answer your prayer for when you’ll get that job, that opportunity, that healing, that husband or wife.
Jesus’ answer to Martha and Mary came way past the deadline they would have given Him.
And yet He still came to them right on time.
On time for the greatest miracle to happen.
And He will come right on time for you too.
If His answer is still “wait” today then trust that there is something better in store for you tomorrow than if He gave you what you desire today.
Mary and Martha would have told you that Jesus coming was worth the wait.
That He came at exactly the right time even though they thought He already came too late.
That He did it out of genuine love for them, as He does for you.
Know that if God is holding something back from you today it’s only for your own good.
Trust Him in your waiting and He’ll be faithful in coming through for you.
Be blessed and continue praying and trusting in God’s faithfulness to answer you at the right time during your season of waiting. -Anna… ♥