“So then he told them plainly, Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15
While Jesus was going around teaching, a message was brought to Him that Lazarus was very sick. He chooses not to go to see him. After a few days Jesus tells the disciples that Lazarus has fallen asleep and He needs to go and wake him up. Not understanding, the disciples state that sleep is good. Jesus says that Lazarus is dead.
The interesting part of this event is that Jesus was glad He was not with Lazarus at that moment. It appears that Jesus wanted Lazarus to die.
This is a very hard thing for many people to accept. Why would Jesus want Lazarus to die? He had to die in order to show a greater miracle of raising him from the dead several days later. All the disciples and the people would be a witness to this coming miracle.
In life there will be times when you are going through a tough battle. It could be sickness, injury, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, or something else catastrophic. You may be praying for God to bring about a healing or a recovery.
As you are praying for a miracle, the situation continues to get worse. It looks like a failure on God’s part. Many people get angry with God for not bringing about a healing.
Yet, God may be holding off for a greater miracle. Healing Lazarus would have been a great miracle, but when He raised Lazarus from the dead it was much greater.
Seek to know what God’s desire is. What is God’s timing in the situation you are in? Wait for that. It may not be the right time for the miracle. Are you willing to wait for God? Are you willing to trust Him?
Lazarus may be dead, but God has a greater plan for Him. Your situation may be dead, but God may have a greater plan for you.
I pray today that God will give you peace in the situations in your life; that you will be willing to wait for God’s answer; that God will give you His discernment on the timing; and that God will do great things in and through you.