The story of Lazarus messes with my theology a little bit. When Jesus heard Lazarus was sick, why did He wait two days before going to see about the family he loved? Why didn’t he just speak a word from where He was and heal him (He had done that before)?
I’m not questioning God’s goodness nor am I Monday morning quarterbacking. I know the end of the story was beautiful, miraculous and restorative. I know it undeniably demonstrated Jesus’ authority and power over sickness and death. But still, why the wait?
I have a few situations I have been praying about for awhile. Like the sisters, I began the petitions before the smell of death set in. Like the sisters, I believe God is good. I believe in resurrected life but my heart cries, “If you had been here this situation would not have died but even now, I know that if you say the word, a resurrection can happen.”
So are there Godly delays to prayers? Is God waiting for death to become final before He comes to save the day? Does God have a perfect time? These are the questions this story leave me with. But all the unanswered questions this story presents pale in comparison to the one glorious truth found in this story: NO SITUATION, NO PERSON IS BEYOND GOD’S REDEMPTIVE POWER. There is always hope.
So, I remain hopeful. I continue to pray and believe. I continue to speak life over my situation. I know a day is coming when the stone will be rolled back and I hear His voice commanding my circumstance to come forth. A resurrection is on the way.
“(Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days.”
John 11:5-6 NET