So, Jesus’ friend Lazarus falls ill, and by the time Jesus reaches Lazarus’ house, it’s way too late. Jesus weeps for His friend, then he raises his friend from the dead!
Have you ever wondered about God’s timing? You’re not alone. Some of Jesus’ close friends did, too. When Lazarus became deathly ill, his sisters, Mary and Martha, asked Jesus for help. They knew Jesus was traveling and His ministry was growing, but He was a close friend. Surely He could take a few minutes to heal their brother. But Jesus didn’t show up. Two days later when He arrived, it was too late. Lazarus was dead.
Martha and Mary were not only grief stricken, but deeply troubled by Jesus’ apparent lack of concern.
“‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again’’ - John 11:21–23
Even hearing Jesus’ words, the sisters were probably wondering, “Lord, what are You thinking now?!”
As they traveled to Lazarus’ four-day-old gravesite, Martha questioned Jesus’ timing again. His response to her was clear...
“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” After thanking God Jesus called out loudly, “Lazarus, come out!” And he did. Lazarus, still wrapped in strips of linen, but fully alive, walked out of the tomb - John 11:38-44
Maybe you’ve questioned Jesus’ timing. You knew exactly when He needed to show up and what He needed to do, but it didn’t work out the way you had planned. Even when we don’t understand, He can be trusted.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” - Isaiah 55:8–9
“Jesus, I recognize your ways are higher than mine, and you know what’s going on more that I would. Help me grow through these moments of uncertainty. Help me see you and trust you more than ever. Today, I receive your peace that surpasses all understanding.”
Have you ever doubted God’s timing? What did you learn from those situation? If you’re unsure about God’s plan or timing in a situation now, would you surrender it to Him? Trust God today, and say out loud, “I invite, you, Jesus to change my thoughts, and attitude about my circumstance.”