Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was” (John 11:6).
In the forefront of this marvelous chapter stands the affirmation, “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus,” as if to teach us that at the very heart and foundation of all God’s dealings with us, however dark and mysterious they may be, we must dare to believe in and assert the infinite, unmerited, and unchanging love of God. Love permits pain. The sisters never doubted that He would speed at all hazards and stay their brother from death, but, “When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”
What a startling “therefore”! He abstained from going, not because He did not love them, but because He did love them. His love alone kept Him back from hurrying at once to the dear and stricken home. Anything less than infinite love must have rushed instantly to the relief of those loved and troubled hearts, to stay their grief and to have the luxury of wiping and stanching their tears and causing sorrow and sighing to flee away. Divine love could alone hold back the impetuosity of the Saviour’s tender-heartedness until the Angel of Pain had done her work.
Who can estimate how much we owe to suffering and pain? But for them, we should have little scope for many of the chief virtues of the Christian life. Where was faith, without trial to test it; or patience, with nothing to bear; or experience, without tribulation to develop it?
Jesus waited until the time was right for Him to make His appearance. He wanted to prove to the naysayers who He was. Brethren there is always an appointed time and in order to get the greatest impact, you have to bear with patience. The sisters knew Jesus would not leave them alone, but it was for the glory of God to be established among men.
What are you rushing about? Remember God moves best in the stillness or silence. So next time you are looking for your miracle to get out the crowd and away alone in silence and wait. This is a great lesson for today and may Almighty God bless and keep us. Amen