No one likes waiting, but sometimes waiting makes sense and God uses it for His glory.

Basically, the story goes like this. Lazarus’ sisters go to Jesus and tell him that Lazarus is sick. Jesus goes on to tell his sisters, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Which is a pretty normal thing for Jesus to say. 

The crux of this story, and I think an easy part to graze over, are these two verses: 

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. John 11:5-6

He LOVED Lazarus so he decides to stay where he is and not immediately go to Lazarus? Bible say what? That doesn’t make any human sense. If you heard your best friend was dying, would you wait two days? Would you wait two days knowing full well you had the cure to their illness?

There are many things that I’ve learned in my short 24 years of life and this is the most important: God’s timing is different than our timing and it is perfect. (Ecclesiastes 3)

Lazarus died and had been dead for four days because Jesus waited. People stopped Jesus from entering the tomb where Lazarus was laying. This was for two reasons: rabbis weren’t supposed to be around dead people since they were unclean and it was a Jewish law. Jewish tradition was that the soul hung around a body for 3 days, but Jesus had come on the fourth day so that Mary and Martha really believed that there was no hope for Jesus to bring Lazarus back.

By waiting, Jesus proved he had power over death and that he was the one who gave life. (John 14:6; John 14:19) Because Jesus waited, he was able to show his humanness by crying (John 11:35) but he also got to show his Godliness by raising Lazarus from the dead.

Jesus went on to raise two other people from the dead before raising himself.

This is how we’re born again. We once were dead too until Jesus came into our lives and made us alive again.


What do you think God is waiting to show you? What moments in your life has waiting played an important role?

Katie Allred

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