So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill. But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death, rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it. (John 11 v3-4)
This is the story of the death of Lazarus, the one whom Jesus loved and Jesus’ apparent dismissal of the sisters, Mary and Martha, who urge him to go to their brother who was so ill.
Jesus had known about Lazarus’ illness but had delayed going to see him - and while it may appear harsh, the point here is that Jesus is here to do the will of God, not to answer to what people want or expect of him. God’s timing and purposes are not ours to control or even understand.
So next time we present a ‘shopping list’ of wants and needs to God in our prayers, do not be discouraged if those prayers are not answered as we hope - they will, but in God’s good time.
Lyn Hayes ALM