(1 Chronicles 23-25, John 11:1-17)
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)
How can we explain the ways of God? Only in this, His ways are utterly higher and different than ours. Our definition of love is too low. Our understanding of perfect timing must be utterly perverse. Our concept of all things related to God is completely distorted.
How can we reconcile these 2 scriptures? Jesus loved. And so He stayed away during the biggest trial of all. What is that? We think there must be some mistake. We can’t reconcile love and distance. If He loves me, then how can He allow this hardship? If He loves me, then how can He not intervene in my suffering? We have much to learn about the Lord. We have much to understand about true love.
Jesus stayed back for the purpose of building faith and trust… Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (John 11:14-15) He has a higher purpose. He is working something unshakeable out in us.
This is the Good News: The end is not the end. That’s all, and that’s enough.