know all things work together for good to those who love God,
are called according to His purpose" (Rom 8:28)
reached Jesus that His friend Lazarus was sick. Anyone else would have at
once hurried to the spot to help his friend or perform a miracle if he
could. But not Jesus. "He stayed two more days in the place where He
was" (Jn 11:6). We know it was a purposeful delay, because later He
told His disciples, "I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,
that you may believe" (v15).
Jesus visited Lazarus immediately, the miracle would have been one of
healing. Now because He delayed, the family could have a greater
miracleŚresurrection! Divine delays are not denials. They are meant to
develop us and the situation so we may better comprehend His ways.
God for instant healings. But the undeniable fact is that most of the
healings are delayed and gradual. Almost all the healing miracles of Jesus
in the Gospels were instant. But there is no one like Jesus who walks in
perfect obedience and submission to the Father. As such God has not
entrusted any other man with such power. Our acceptance or otherwise of
this fact does not alter it.
patience is not rooted in fatalism that says everything is out of control.
It is rooted in faith that says everything is in God's control (Rom 8:28).
There's no place for faith if we expect God to fulfil immediately what He
promises. Patient endurance is a condition to receive what God has
promised. "You have need of endurance, so that after you have done
the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Heb 10:36). "Do
not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience
inherit the promises" (Heb 6:12).
Book of Psalms abounds with testimonies of deliverance that David
experienced when he waited patiently. "I waited patiently for the
Lord...He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and
set my feet upon a rock" (Psa 40:1; 62:1).
German proverb says, Patience is a bitter plant but it bears sweet fruit!
on, trust on, believer! Though long the conflict be,
yet shalt prove victorious; Thy God shall fight for thee.
on! Trust on! Though dark the night and drear;
on! Trust on! The morning dawn is near! (Eliza A. Walker)