FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
“Lazarus; that man from Bethany,
Had a very peculiar destiny.
He was loved very deeply,
But sadly, he became sickly.
Then the sisters sent for their friend, our Lord Jesus,
When He held back they thought “He does not want to help us”.
Yet for a reason, the Saviour tarried,
And part of the plan was that Lazarus be buried.”
Please take note that “part of the plan was to have Lazarus buried” before Jesus arrived. But then remember what He had said earlier “…………This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11:4 KJV
This tells me that sometimes when there is a “sickness“, it is not to be the end of a person. It is not for one to give up and think nothing can be done to help them. (Sickness here could be physical, spiritual or emotional and represents whatever brings pain, discomfort, malaise, affliction, hardships, trials ; to mention just a few).
God allows “sickness” not so much as to cause us pain but so that His name will be glorified at the end of it all. Much later when Jesus knew Lazarus had died ( before it was revealed to His disciples) He said this…………“Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” John 11:11 KJV
What are the things that have fallen asleep in your life, my prayer today is that Jesus will come in right now and wake them up.
So they went through pain and heartbreak at the loss of their dearly loved brother but Jesus said to them: “…………….. that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? John 11:40 KJV
What then is the “Glory of God”; you ask? I say it is the display of His mighty power, His greatness or His splendor. We need to be in that place of trusting and believing God regardless of the trials, pains and afflictions that we pass through. The “Glory of God” awaits on the other side if we trust and believe.
Eventually Jesus got to Bethany and Lazarus was already buried and it was such a pathetic sight that “Jesus wept”. John 11:35 KJV
Sometimes the challenges we face are so overwhelming and truly pathetic that it might seem easier to just give up. But before you throw in that towel; before you give in to that terminal illness; before you give up on passing that professional exam; before you kiss that dream goodbye; before you give up the hope of becoming a mother to those beautiful children; before you give up on ever becoming a wife or a husband to that dearly beloved one; trust God and believe what His word says about you and give Jesus the chance to call forth that dead Lazarus of your situation now.
TRUST AND BELIEVE AND YOU WILL SEE THE GLORY OF GOD.
Oluyinka Ego-Martins ©