{ More Jesus } It’s All About Jesus – When Jesus Is Late / Day 17

READ: John 11: 3-6

So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 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.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. {John 11:3-6 ESV}

Often we feel like Jesus has missed a really good opportunity to be on time for the prayers we have prayed in desperation. We have petitioned Him because we believe He is powerful and able to do the things that we ask. We know that His ways are higher and His timeframe doesn’t always look like ours. But beyond the space of asking and waiting is a plan that is often hard to understand. God’s delay often feels like a letdown, but timing is everything and the glory belongs to Him alone.

The outcome of our divine delay is a blessing that was etched in time specifically and purposefully to show us that we are the one whom Jesus loves.

Two sisters cried in each other’s arms, they had sent word to Jesus letting Him know “the guy you love is sick we need you to come now.” But, Jesus waited two more days instead of rushing to their side. When Jesus shows up, their beloved brother is gone, they are grieving, and they have one question for Jesus.

Where were you?

In two different passages, verses 21 & 32, both Martha and Mary say, “If you had been here…”

This wouldn’t have happened.

My heart would not be breaking.

I would not be facing the thing I feared most.

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” {John 11:21-22}

Martha’s heartache caused her to make a pretty bold statement of blame. But her faith in Jesus propelled her to believe that even with her brother’s body in a tomb a miracle could take place. It is never too late when Jesus is the author of our story- pain turns to joy and grave clothes become a resurrection of dead dreams.

Maybe you feel this question stirring in your heart today, “Jesus, where were you when this happened?”

In John 11:35, the shortest scripture in the Bible, tells us everything we need to know. Jesus wept…because Jesus cares.

A delay was part of his plan, but the hurting hearts asking Him “why” moved him to tears.  It wasn’t too late for a miracle that didn’t fit into their timeline. Martha and Mary received their delayed miracle and resurrection of their beloved brother and the glory went to God alone.

Whatever you are facing right now, Jesus is bigger than the questions you have. It’s not too late for a revival of hope in your heart.

REFLECT:

  • Is there something that you are waiting on? An answer. Job. Relationship that needs mending? Healing for you personally or someone you love? I hope you will find comfort knowing that even in Martha’s questions, her faith led her to believe Jesus still could work a miracle.
  • Are you ready to trust in Jesus’s timeline but still pray and believe for your miracle?
  • Do you need a resurrection of hope and faith in Jesus today?

PRAYER:

Lord, you are bigger than our timeframe. You are not angry at our questions or distant to our heartache. It moves you in ways we can’t even fathom. I pray that today our faith will lead us past disappointment to trust in your amazing plan for our lives. We thank you for a risen, resurrected Savior who is still in control and able to turn tragic circumstances into triumph. We surrender to your timeline, give us grace when we feel like you are late or that you have forgotten us altogether. Let us look to you with hope, be faithful in prayer, and women who seek your glory to be revealed and esteemed in our hearts and lives. ~ In Jesus Name, Amen

 

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Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson is a writer, youth minister, pastor’s wife, mother of two, and typical lipstick loving Southern girl. Jennifer has been in ministry for seventeen years and loves to speak at women’s retreats and special events. She likes her tea hot and sweet with lots of sugar and cream.

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