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Why Wait?

“Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,

so that you may believe”

(John 11:14b-15a; NASB)

Do you trust God? In my experience, the most common answer to this question has been, “I do trust Him, but not as much as I should.” Have you ever asked yourself why your trust is so conditional? We trust Him with the small stuff, but when the stakes are high, fear and uncertainty replace the trust. And yet, any control we think we have is a delusion. Not trusting Him gives us permission to take matters into our own hands, which in most cases is futile. In fact, even if it looks like you’ve dealt with it, if you didn’t ask God and listen for His answer first, you’ll never know how He wanted it.

Jesus was told his friend Lazarus was sick but waited two days before going to him. Jesus loved Martha, her sister Mary and Lazarus. Yet when they sent word to Him about Lazarus being sick, He waited before going to them. The moment Jesus heard of the sickness He knew it was for the glory of God and to glorify the Son of God (11:4). What Jesus did was wait for the Father to tell Him it was time to go. How do we know this? Jesus told us Himself when He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing” (John 5:19a). And again, He said, “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 5:30). If Jesus had to wait to hear from the Father before acting, we need to do the same.

It’s difficult to sit still when the pressure is on. Waiting on the Lord is difficult when everything around us is demanding action. When immediate action is necessary, the Lord will give you immediate direction. When it is best to wait, the Lord will wait. It’s during that waiting period that we decide to lean on our own understanding and do what looks right at the

moment. But the Bible says: “trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). You will never know the blessing the Lord had for you had you waited on Him.

For Lazarus, the result was his being raised from the dead. Those around him got to witness a miracle. I sometimes wonder how many miracles I have missed because I acted without waiting on the Lord. How about you?

Try asking for the Lord’s guidance and waiting for an answer before making any important decisions. You will find your trust in Him will grow, and the results will greatly improve.

Have a great week and God bless.

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