Why did Jesus delay in going to help Lazarus? This question bothers most of us because we are just like Martha. In fact, we might even say the exact same thing to Jesus that Martha said. “Martha then said to Jesus, 'Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.'” (John 11:21) We know Jesus is the answer so...why doesn’t He answer us?
When I was a kid, we used to sing the song “In His Time.” (For those of you who remember this song...you’re welcome, and I hope you enjoy the tune playing in your head the rest of the day). We all know the truth of this song. We just do not want to live in the midst of this truth today.
We live in a culture saturated with how quickly we can get what we want. It used to be that Domino’s Pizza would deliver in 30 minutes or less. Amazon is always trying to perfect their delivery system, and in some markets they can deliver the same day. In fact, I have a confession. I received notification the other day that I have saved over 80 trips to the store by using Amazon (I’m not sure this is a good thing...but it is true).
Good things come to those who wait, but many of us are tired of waiting. We want God to give us what we want, and we want it right now. The only problem is God doesn’t operate on our timetable. He operates on His timetable and it’s always best.
I have been reading about King David lately. I am amazed at how much patience he had. He was told he would be king one day, but he wasn’t in a hurry. In fact, what you discover is David has men put to death for trying to expedite the timetable for him to be king. He learned to be patient because He had learned something very specific about God, and it’s revealed in his prayers. Many of his prayers have this phrase… “O Sovereign Lord.”
The Sovereign Lord works on His timetable because He is doing something in you, and that means what He does for you has to wait until you are ready...and sometimes we are just not ready. Take the time today to let the Sovereign Lord work in you instead of asking Him to work for you!