John 11:5-6 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
What an odd way to show love. Isaiah 55:8-9 says that God’s ways are not like ours. These two little verses in John certainly demonstrate that. It’s pretty clear here that although Jesus loved this family, He knew the end from the beginning and needed to wait it out those forty-eight hours. He delayed. Stayed put. Let things take their course. During those two days, His friend died. Lazarus’s sisters mourned, felt pain and loss. Probably wondered why the Lord didn’t respond to their message. Questioned if Jesus really cared for them as they previously thought. I know I would. Jesus didn’t show up in their town until His friend had been dead 4 days. That’s a long time. Continue reading
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
My reading focused on being in God’s will requiring that we wait for His timing in life. Sometimes we feel like we’ve been given a huge “ah-ha!” in our lives when we finally see clearly the dream/goal/vision from the Lord. We get all excited at this great plan in our lives and forget that we need to wait for God to walk us down the path to get there. We rush ahead trying to accomplish things on our own and only remember to pause when we hit a rough patch. As I was reading the accompanying scriptures this morning, one word stuck out. Selah. Continue reading