HOW TO INTERPRET GOD'S SCHEDULED DELAYS
JESUS CHRIST left Jericho and proceeded to Jerusalem. He was
about to perform His last miracle. It was to be on the southeastern
slopes of the Mount of Olives in the little town of Bethany, home of
some of His dearest friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.
I. COMPLICATIONS (Vs. 6)
When Lazarus became ill his sisters, Mary and Martha, knowing of
the many Jesus had healed immediately thought of Him. They had
entertained Him in their home. They had been gracious hostesses
for Him. Surely, if He would heal persons He didn't even know He
would come to their rescue in their time of need. He didn't.
The issue wasn't love. Verse 35 describes Jesus as weeping. His
emotional response led people to properly conclude, "See how He
loved Him" (Vs. 36). He did. The Greek word translated "loved" is
the verb form of PHILIA which means "human affection," or
"brotherly love." He affectionately loved Lazarus and his sisters
In verse 5 it is recorded that Jesus also loved Mary and Martha.
The Greek word translated "love" is AGAPE, divine love.
When God delays in responding to your need it is not because of a
lack of love for you. Whatever the reason it is not a lack of love.
Do you ever question God? Sure we do. Often we don't come up
with a clear easy answer. Sometimes we simply have to believe
and respond in trusting faith.
After receiving word of the death of His dear friend Lazarus, Jesus
delayed two days before going to Bethany. By the time He arrived
Lazarus had been dead four days.
Does it ever seem God delays in dealing with your problems?
There is always a reason. Most often these reasons aren't obvious
initially. His delays demand our faith. Faith is confidence in God's
Jesus delayed in order to bring a greater blessing. "Therefore the
Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to yo ...
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