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In His Time

Weekly Devotionals

In His Time

John 11:1-14

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s gloryso that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

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Over the years God seems to bring me back to this story of Lazarus to remind me that there is more going on in His Kingdom reality than the circumstances I see around me. This week God spoke to me about the timing of his miracles. Often, when there is sickness and I am praying for healing, I am asking for an instant miracle, for relief from pain in that moment. I run to Jesus in desperation and hope for help and I am begging to see Him take action as the prayer is completed.

But the realm of the supernatural is His, not mine and quite frankly, I don’t know what is good in God’s eyes. Only God is good and what gives me hope is trusting in Him. In the Lazarus story, we face a difficult part of life that no one can control. It is the matter of sickness and death. We long for this to not exist, for there to be no suffering, but we have to continue to live in a world where it is part of our lives. Whether we like it our not, until Jesus returns, there is a good He is doing through these experiences and the only way we will overcome is by walking with Him and trusting in His work.

Sometimes He will heal on the spot. I have seen and experienced this many times. But sometimes there is a delay – at least in our minds. Sometimes he makes mud and puts it on our eyes for healing (John 9:11) and sometimes we are asked to go and wash ourselves seven times to be healed (2 Kings 5:10) and sometimes He allows death for us to see the hope and reality of the Resurrection.

This week, I pray our trust in Him and in His miracles becomes more real! Whether you see them on the spot or a bit later, He is working and will continue to do so always for the good and never for the bad, until His Kingdom come. I pray you always feel safe and free knowing that our Father is love and powerful.

Have a wonderful week!
with love