God Still Loves Us

Read John 11: 1-45 The story of Lazarus being raised from the dead.

But when Jesus heard about it he said, "The purpose of his illness is not death, but for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this situation."

Although Jesus was very fond of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days and made no move to go to them. John 11: 4-6 (TLB)

Martha and Mary were dealing with a painful experience: their brother was ill, and they needed help. When they sent for Jesus, they must have hoped that he would come to them immediately, but he did not come for two more days.

Martha and Mary felt they needed an immediate response because their brother was deathly ill. But Jesus responded to their request in his timing, not theirs. During that time Lazarus died. We may wonder, as the sisters must have, If Jesus really loved them, why would he not set aside whatever he was doing and help them?

We often pray expecting immediate answers, but we don't always receive them. in those times, we may ask, Where are you, Lord? If you love me, why am I still in this situation? But when we don't get immediate answers to our prayers, it does not mean that God does not love us. Though God may not come to our aid immediately, God is mindful of us and will come in time. And in God's timing, God's wisdom and love will shine through to us.

Enid Adah Nyinomujuni is from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember that you love us always, even when things don't go the way we hope. Help us to wait upon the Lord, in Jesus' name, amen.

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