The Timing of Miracles
Daily Bible Reading – John 9-11
Today’s Key Passage – John 11:1-44
When Jesus first heard that Lazarus was sick, He could have left immediately to go heal him. In fact, as we learned in the story of the government official’s son (John 4:46-54), Jesus was not hindered by distance or time so He could have simply said the word and Lazarus would have been healed. Instead, Jesus decided to wait two days before going to see Lazarus. He waited because He wanted to use Lazarus illness and eventual death to demonstrate His power over death. By waiting for Lazarus to die and then bringing him back to life, Jesus effectively showed that He is more powerful than death and that He has the power to resurrect all of us. This was an important lesson that would have been missed if Jesus had acted immediately. He knew the best course of action was to wait two days before doing anything.
When we pray, most of us hope that our prayers will be answered immediately. In this world where immediate gratification is the norm, it can be difficult to wait. There is even a danger that if we wait long enough, we might start to lose faith that God has heard our prayer and is going to answer. We must remember, however, that God works on His own perfect timing. As in the story of Lazarus, there are times when God knows it is better to wait to answer our prayer as opposed to immediately taking action. If you have prayed for something and have not received an answer yet from God, allow the story of Lazarus to build your faith in Him. Trust that He has heard your prayers and WILL answer them in His own way and at His own time, according to His will.
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Posted on December 21, 2013, in 04 - John and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Jesus, Prayer, Questioning God, Religion, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.