I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
So we all probably have a “Lazarus” right… something we wished or hoped God would have dealt or would deal with differently right… or maybe I’m alone on that island but I’m thinking maybe I’m not… But I was so struck by verse 2 in John chapter 11!!!! Verse two describes an event that happens in chapter 12!!!! In chapter 11 there is just a blip describing Mary’s worship of Jesus in chapter 12 but Mary is not going to get to read chapter 12 in her life time…right! She had to keep the faith in chapter 11 without the benefit of hindsight from chapter 12.
So what a precious reminder to me that in my chapter 11’s when it doesn’t make sense and I’d like things to be so much different…. to still, in the middle of those 11’s to worship like I trust Him to be the God of my chapter 12. (In Jesus you do have a chapter 12.)
Maybe I perceive love as comfort but I think God perceives love as trust – will I trust Him even when it’s not comfortable? Can He trust me with the process as I trust Him with the outcome…
Jesus didn’t show up at Lazarus’ bedside, He showed up PASSED time at the tomb… why? to reveal more of His character. He wept because really He had been with them the whole time and it broke His heart too, but if He was going to reveal more of who He was to them and be the saving of many more lives (Gen 50:20) He had to show up at the tomb.
His way is ALWAYS best.
Maybe if I choose to worship in my 11 like He is God of my 11 AND my chapter 12 I might see that my chapter 11 is an OPPORTUNITY for a greater revelation in my chapter 12! A revelation of more of the great I AM.
Trust Me you will arrive safely (2 Tim. 4:18, 1 Peter 4:19) to chapter 12 so you can worship and praise Me, the very same God, in chapter 11.
Independent Read: 1 John 4:8 …God is love.