Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Hurry Up And Wait (Part 13)
Case Studies: Lazarus
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, 'Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick'... Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
John 11:1-6 (NKJV)
The story of Lazarus is about timing. People thought Jesus should hurry up. God thought Jesus should wait.
If we hurry up to God, shouldn't He hurry down to us? Yes---and He did. But His timing is better than ours. We can't see what He sees; we see from the past to the present. God sees from the future to the past to the present--all in one glance. That's why His timing is perfect.
But to the family of Lazarus, Jesus' late arrival made no sense: Mary and Martha said, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died' (John 11:21,32). God said, 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts' (Isaiah 55:9).
Satan didn't agree. He thought he knew it all: 'I will be like the Most High' (Isaiah 14:14). He spread this thought to Eve: 'You will be like God' (Genesis 3:5), and she spread it to Adam. It's a disease of the heart that starts in the head. It's called pride. It's a killer, and they all fell down.
Hurrying up was no longer an option for them.
Here's the thing: compared to God, we are children. Nothing more, but incredibly--nothing less. Even though we look like our Father, we can't think like Him. So if we start to feel smart or all grown up, we need to think again.
'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven' (Matthew 18:3). God communicates plans to His children on a need-to-know basis. Sometimes, we don't need to know. But at all times, we need to believe.
We need to believe that He knows best. It's called faith: 'That all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28). Even when we can't understand it. Even when we have to wait for it.
Because our big break is coming: the break in the clouds that shows the light, the light that shows the truth, the truth that shows the end, the end that shows our success: the success that shows why we were wise to 'hurry up and wait' for God.
Christians know how the story of Lazarus ends. He rises. God is calling us to rise, too.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.