Monday, May 07, 2012

When God Delays


30 Days with Jesus

Day 22 - John 11 v 1 - 44

"This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." - v 4

The miracle of Jesus raising his close friend Lazarus from the dead must rank as one of the most amazing acts of Jesus. 

What leads up to it however fascinates me.
Jesus on hearing of the illness of one of his closest friends who was part of a family that formed one of the key relationships he had here on earth, decided to wait.
2 days of delay.
We know the end was great glory.
But in the middle of the situation His delay caused great heartache.

His delay meant his friend died.
His delay meant Mary & Martha mourned.
Their mourning hurt Him deeply v 33

Ultimately Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew the end, that God would be glorified and he knew His Fathers timing. 

Learning to TRUST and WAIT on God's timing is taking the first step in learning to talk to God. But so may of us are impatient and want to skip this step. That means when God says no or wait we don't understand and start looking in all the wrong places for the reason our prayers have not been answered.

The Bible is full of people who so incredible answers to prayers. It is also full of people who waited, hours, days, weeks, months, years even decades for an answer. They learned to trust in God's delays.

Learn to WAIT and LISTEN there is GLORY on the other side,

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