One of the things that has been taught to me while here is the skill of patience. I’m beginning to get the idea, but I’ve still a long way to go. I’ve James Merrit to thank for this teaching and it’s one that was a real WOW moment.
When Lazarus dies is the one and only time that Jesus delays doing anything, hanging around before he sets off for Lazarus’s home. He even says that he has hung around so that God can be glorifed in what will happen. No doubt this had the Apostles scratching their heads, what was he on about now? Mary and Martha meet them on their arrival and complain of his delay, it certainly tested their faith.
We can’t understand why God appears to wait about and not answer our prayers. But the answer is,when we’re in his will, that in our long wait our faith is tested, especially when we’re hanging on by our fingernail. The end point causes an explosion of faith, truth, belief, worship and wonder, that we can suddenly see the lessons, the blessings and how our journey has an amazing end. It’s a testing,a proving and a blessing. Like Mary and Martha.
The point is two fold. When we don’t know what will happen, we seek ways to increase our faith, hang on and believe. When the end point happens, we are there, in our spiritual explosion. But if the example here is understood, it should increase our faith as we are tested because we have the example of the explosion of faith and belief at the time of Lazarus. So the knowledge that it will come and be amazing itself increases our belief. We just need to know there will be an end point and it’ll be fantastic. This is our faith builder. When we understand this story. And it’s a catch 22.
Lazarus was the only guy Jesus shared the podium with, because his resurrection caused an outpouring of faith and belief in Christ which had the Jews plotting to kill Lazarus too. It burst though all the hardened hearts of that time. It set the grounds for the resurrection. I did wonder, is this a gimmick, a miracle to increase belief? But its not a trick! Such wonders are of God and if I need such a test to have a fantastic breakthrough, I’m holding onto this journey with more hope that ever before.
John 11, 1 – 12,10
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.”