Are there times in your life when you wonder if God has forgotten about you or is not hearing your prayer? When you are suffering, sometimes one minute seems like forever. It’s too long. You and I need the rescue NOW. Waiting for the Lord is one of the hardest things for proactive people to do…er…not do?
Did you know that the Lord gets wearied when we doubt if he is there to implement justice? Malachi 2 17 You have wearied the LORD with your words.“How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”
In John 11, after Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus whom Jesus loved was sick, you would think Jesus would hurry his way to them. This is his response: John 11:6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. What’s the big idea, Lord… that’s what I would have said. Why do you delay at the time of need of your loved ones? Had I been there, I would have been the first to start weeping and wailing, asking why my Lord had forgotten me and how could he be glorified if he didn’t act.
It turns out that he wasn’t going to do a small miracle like a plain old healing. Jesus was about to do a grand miracle… a resurrection!
41…Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Whoa! No one probably expected this! …45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.
Leave it to the Lord to surprise you. He may seem to have forgotten but he does not miss any detail. He knows what to do and is already working things out for the good of those who love him…you (love him), right? His plan may not be what you think it might be but you can trust that it will be for good. Keep on keeping on. Fix your eyes on him, not on your circumstance. Everyone on earth will experience trials. But when you are a child of God, you have him with you throughout the journey. Rest in him. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10).
SONG: HE NEVER SLEEPS, HE NEVER SLUMBERS (Don Moen)
SONG: STILL (Don Moen)