#TreasuredTruth #94Of366 #RawderKidulaKedaha
Everyone asks for help at some point in their life. Let’s talk about finances. Most of us have asked someone for help here and there, or have been of help to others during difficult times. When I need financial help, or a loan, I always go to my friends, not all of them, but the few very close friends. Sometimes I get the money instantly and other times they are not in a position to help. Both these instances I can bear, however what irritates me is when a friend tells me that they have the money and they are willing to lend me, then take their sweet time to send it. I keep reminding them and they keep promising to send it ‘now’. That dilemma is terrible; will they really send? Do they really have the money? Should I get help elsewhere? I would rather get a no, than get an unclear yes. But that’s life; your emergency is not everyone’s priority.
The two sisters Mary and Martha might have felt the same at some point. Their bother Lazarus was very sick, and they knew Jesus was able to heal him. So they sent a word to Jesus “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Okay, if I were either of the two sisters I would relax because Jesus has assured that my brother will not die. The Bible records that Jesus loved the two sisters and their brother Lazarus. That is a very good thing, I would think because of this love, He would leave everything He was doing to go help His friends. Or, being God, He would just speak a word and Lazarus would get well. But no. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. (John 11)
By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Martha went out to meet Him, but Mary stayed at home. (In such a case I would be Mary) Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” She was accepting her brother’s death, blaming Jesus for not being there but still hopeful that anything can happen. I would have said more; why have you come now? We already buried him, you are very late; did you think it was a joke? But Jesus felt the pain the two sisters were feeling, that is actually the point where He wept. At the end, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. He told them “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
Before Jesus got to Bethany, He knew Lazarus was dead. He even told His disciples “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” God knows what we go through. He is aware of the issues, the circumstances, the pain and the disappointments. He knows about Corona virus; He has heard our prayers. It may seem that He is taking His time, but He is surely coming to save us. Don’t give up on God, His delay does not mean He does not love you. If we believe we shall see the glory God.