I feel like a hypocrite writing this today. However, the hope in this thought is that I am writing as much for myself as for the reader. I need this truth today for my very survival. My hope is it will encourage you too.
The context of these verses are about Lazarus, Jesus's friend, who has just died. Jesus knew his friend was sick but tarried in His coming to him. His sisters were confused and hurt by this delay. They did not understand why Jesus had not healed Lazarus like so many others. There are times when we just cannot know "the reason why" in our struggles. However, Scripture gives us a glimpse of our Savior and a reason in verse four, "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.”
This illness was for the glory of God. And Lazarus did in fact die so what is Jesus talking about? When Jesus does not appear in our own lives as we expect him to we are often tempted to wonder why and then we are tempted to wonder if he really cares? We wonder if he really loves us.
We get a glimpse into this relationship though. In verse five it states Jesus loved them then in verse six it goes on to state because of his love for them he did not come to them right away. Why? And why does this truth even matter for my own survival on this no-good-very-bad-day of mine?
Like Mary, Martha, and Lazarus we are the beloved of God if we are found in Christ Jesus. Our lives are made to reflect His glory to a watching world. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 states, "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
We cannot understand what is happening in the unseen. We cannot yet comprehend that eternal weight of glory that is coming because of our temporary trials that are preparing us for it. Yet we can know that the same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead for His glory, lives inside of us. That same Jesus does indeed resurrect dead things. We serve a God who brings the dead to life, do we believe it?
For that broken marriage? He can breathe a new breathe of life over it.
For that broken body? He can bring the greatest glory from it.
For that doubting mind? He can shower truth of life over it.
For that waiting period? He can renew your strength as you believe His promises.
We serve the God who breathes life into dry bones. We serve the God who resurrects the dead. We serve the God who speaks life into darkness. We serve the God who saves lost souls. We serve the God who sees all things and is working out a greater plan even when we do not understand. Do we believe? Lord, help our unbelief.