“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.”*
Jesus could have healed Lazarus, yet when Jesus arrived four days late, Lazarus was dead. Sometimes God’s love doesn’t behave in the way we wish and doesn’t seem to make sense. Sometimes His love waits beyond what we think is acceptable and doesn’t even seem very loving. When Jesus finally arrived, Martha came to him and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus didn’t rebuke Martha for her grief or her questions. He gently reminded Martha, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Then Jesus called Lazarus out from the grave.
Sometimes God’s love doesn’t come on our timing, so a greater love can come on God’s timing.
Lazarus wasn’t just healed from disease, he was healed from death. No pain, no heartache, no suffering, not even death can keep our Savior from saving. The love of Jesus resurrects, restores, redeems, and brings life from death.
Because of hardship, pain, grief, or difficult situation, do you wonder if God loves you? Oh friend, you may question God’s love, but your questions never limit the love of God. His love is never bound by space or time, for there is nothing impossible for our loving God. Even when you don’t understand, even when God seems far away, God’s love never fails and His love will never fail you.
Heavenly Father, sometimes Your love seems so far away. Sometimes Your love seems to wait too long. Often I don’t understand what is happening in my life and in the world, but even though I can’t see You, I will trust You will come and You will resurrect, restore, redeem, and bring new life. Thank You that nothing is impossible for Your unfailing love. Help me to trust and wait on You.
John 11:5-6 (NASB), John 11:21 (NASB), John 11:40 (NIV)
From One Lit Step by Lisa Buffaloe, https://amzn.to/3CHUzO6