When Jesus received word that one of his best friends was on his death bed, He had the strangest response: he stayed where he was and didn't go to heal his friend. "Although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days." (John 11:5-6, NLT) How do love and delayed help go hand-in-hand? Surely this doesn't make sense? I have felt the tension of this in my life, and I'm sure you have, too. For we who dream God-dreams, it can be so confusing when it looks like God is delaying to the point of our dream breathing its last and dying in our arms, leaving us questioning Him: God, why didn't You come and fix everything while there was still hope? Why didn't You come before this dream died right in front of me? The story of Lazarus gives us some amazing insight to answer these questions. Let's dive into it together!!
Key Scripture: "For your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe." John 11:15a, NLT