Jesus never panics
Devotional Thought: Today, I will take a deep breath and rely on God’s timing.
Why doesn’t Jesus act immediately when I want Him to do stuff? I’m freaked out! Why isn’t He? I have a crisis and I need it solved now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Certainly not next year. Now! Why does’t He understand that?
Two of Jesus’ friends walked two miles from Bethany to Jerusalem to find Jesus. They were panicked. Their brother Lazarus was sick and about to die. They needed Jesus to drop whatever he was doing, scurry on over to Bethany and heal Lazarus. This was serious.
Instead, Jesus hung around Jerusalem another two days. Here’s the scoop from John 11.
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he STAYED TWO DAYS LONGER in the place where he was. (John 11:5-6 ESV)
What? Two days! If Jesus loved Martha and her sister so much, why didn’t He rush over to Bethany and heal him? That’s what they wanted Him to do, not waste time in Jerusalem while Lazarus suffered and then died. Why couldn’t Jesus understand the urgency?
The sisters were not too happy about this, and Martha let Him know it.
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, IF YOU HAD BEEN HERE, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21 ESV)
I understand Martha’s frustration. How many times have I felt the same way! Where…is…Jesus? I need him now!
It turns out Jesus had a plan. God ALWAYS has a plan. Jesus let Lazarus die. Why? Apparently, Jesus planned on raising him from the dead. You would think He would have let the sisters in on the plan, but He didn’t. He simply worked the plan. He called Lazarus out of the tomb and Lazarus responded.
And scripture is clear: He did it out of love, not indifference.
For the rest of Lazarus’ life on earth he could talk about being dead for four days and then waltzing out of the tomb alive. I bet that was something to see.
Unlike Jesus, Lazarus eventually died for good. Jesus died, arose and ascended without dying again. But Lazarus had, at least, a few years left to tell an amazing story.
Jesus did what only He can do: He sees the bigger picture. Unlike us, He doesn’t freak out. He never panics. He has everything in control.
He has a plan.