Daily Devotion, 2/16/18, John 11:1-45 “Where's God?”
“When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.’” John 11:20-21 NLT
Have you ever been disappointed in God? Maybe you prayed for a job that you were sure was perfect for you and you didn’t get it or maybe you asked God to help you on a test and you still failed. Perhaps you prayed for someone you loved who was seriously ill and instead of getting better, they died. What do you do with that? Does God not care? Did He not hear you? Is He not as powerful as you thought He was? If you’ve ever wrestled with those questions, you’re not alone. Most of us have asked them. Even us pastor types have asked, “Where are you, God?”
That’s what Martha was asking Jesus. He was good friends with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus so when Lazarus became deathly ill, Mary and Martha sent for Him. They knew Jesus could heal because they had seen Him do it. Because of His love for Lazarus and for them, they assumed Jesus would come quickly. But He didn’t. By the time Jesus showed up, Lazarus had been dead for days. All there was left to do was to mourn his passing and question God. It turns out that Jesus wasn’t late, He was strategic. He could have gotten there quickly and healed Lazarus but that was not His plan. His plan was to raise him from the dead instead. As a result, “Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen.” (John 11:45)
God doesn’t always show up in the ways you want or expect Him to but the reality is that He is always there for you. He doesn’t do random. He always has a reason. His love never fails. His grace enough. When His provision doesn’t line up with your prayers, trust Him and lean into His peace, His wisdom and His comfort. You are loved!