John 11 - Why is Jesus glad here?

Specific Text - John 11:1-14

We've read some pretty shocking, mic drop statements from Jesus this past year as we've read the New Testament. Jesus keeps the trend going in today's passage. The siblings Mary, Martha and Lazarus, are some of the closest friends that Jesus and the disciple's have. Yet when Jesus, who has healed people of all sorts of diseases, hears that one of His best friends is near death, He stays put.


But He doesn't just stay, He tells the disciples in v14-15 that Lazarus is dead He is glad that He wasn't there to heal him!


We all know that we need to come to God in prayer when needs arise, and while none of us prays as quickly or as often as what we should, sooner or later we do expectantly come before Him knowing that He will answer our prayers. There are lots of times where our prayers get answered quickly, but there are also instances where it seems like God is just staying put, and we begin to wonder if He's somehow glad that we are having struggles.


But look more closely at v15. There's a so that clause in it:

For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.

When we can't seem to figure out why God does what He does, we often shrug our shoulders and say "God works in mysterious ways..." While it's true that in many cases we will never know the exact specifics about why God allows particular things to happen, we do know His overall reason why:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

God structures all things so that you may believe.


The next time you find yourself wondering why God did or didn't do a certain thing, try to see how that event strengthened your faith. Even if you can't see it at the time, because of passages like this one you can have the confidence that God is working out the situation for your good.


Prayer For The Day - Dear Lord, thank you that I can trust you to always be working out all things for my good. Continue to strengthen my faith and help me to quickly and confidently turn to you in both times of plenty and times of need. Amen.

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