Good morning, waiting Christian! Perhaps you, like your unworthy author, too often exercise the blight of impatience? We are exhorted to ‘…wait patiently for the Lord…’, yet, like impulsive Peter, we tire too easily of our waiting, and seek to hurry the hand of our Omnipotent Lord God. Sigh…
Time and time again we are taught the lesson from Scripture we least like hearing - the lesson that we must ‘…wait patiently for the Lord…’ - His will, and His timing are always just PERFECT.
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
In the verse quoted above, from Psalm 27, we find what many Bible Teachers call ‘the law of the double-mention’: If God the Holy Ghost, the Divine Author of all canonical Scriptures, sees fit to repeat an exhortation, or a command, twice in close Scriptural succession - then we do well to heed the law of this ‘…double mention…’ God the Spirit is emphasizing His will for us. ‘Wait!’
“…Blessed (blessed with many blessings) are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)
All too often we Christians rush headlong into ventures without first taking those ventures to the Lord in prayer, and seeking His Divine will in the matter. We are proven to be all too often impulsive and lacking in patience. Therefore, we can run ahead of the Lord’s will, and soon our efforts come to nought.
If God wills the work, the work is always successfully achieved - His timing is always perfect for us. Wait with patience on Him.
After Christ was verbally informed of the illness of Lazarus, ‘…He abode two days still in the same place where He was.’ (V.6) Why did He do this?
To gain correct answers from Holy Scriptures, we must ask ourselves many questions as we read God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will give us the answers.
In the context of our Bible passage today, we learn that Christ reacted to the verbal message from Mary and Martha by informing all who heard, ‘…This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.’ (V.4) And later in the story, He certainly was.
Jesus, being God the Son, and knowing all things, did not need to receive verbal communication reference the illness of Lazarus - God knows everything about everybody! Our Lord God is an Omniscient Lord God.
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore…” (Matthew 10:30-31)
The Lord Jesus was able to tell His disciples that Lazarus was not merely ‘…sick…’, but that, in fact, ‘…Lazarus is dead.’ (V.14)
What God says in His Word - God always does! God’s will is perfect.
Death hold no trepidation for the Living Lord Jesus and His redeemed people. Christ has conquered death for us and took its ‘…sting…’; the sting of our sin, away. He took all our sins upon Himself on that Cross and, as our Divine Substitute, paid the infinite penalty and bore them all away forever. Hallelujah! What a Saviour we have in the Lord Jesus Christ! Glory…
“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we (the redeemed) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the Law (Ten Commandments). But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57) Praise God for such a final Victory!
In God’s Eternal and Divine will and timing: He sent His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus to us; and made the way to Heaven open for us, for all Eternity.
Thought: If you are going through some terrible time of testing and suffering today, my friend - trust Jesus. He loves you, and His will for you is your Eternal good. The Lord God bless you abundantly.