But when Jesus heard it he said, “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.”
A good friend of Jesus was desperately ill. The man’s sisters sent the news to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” They expected Jesus to come immediately to heal their brother. Instead, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,” but when he got the message, “he stayed two days longer in the place where he was” (John 11:5-6).
Jesus does not always meet our expectations. Sometimes in our desperation, he seems to stay “two days longer in the place where he [is].” Jesus does not always come in our timeframe. He is never late, but he is seldom early. Jesus does not always satisfy our wants. After Lazarus died, his sisters made it clear that they were disappointed that Jesus had not arrived earlier and healed their brother.
Jesus always uses every situation to bring glory to God. The believer’s situation, however desperate, will never end in death. George Mueller well says, “When trials come, we should say, ‘My heavenly Father puts this cup of trial into my hands, that I may have something sweet afterward.’” Our journey will have rough stretches, but when you travel with Jesus, the destination will always be sweet.
Father, help us to trust you today even if it feels like you are staying away for “two days longer.” When we feel alone amid trials and temptations, may we take you at your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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