Where Were You?
Updated: May 21, 2020
Yesterday during online church, the pastor spoke about the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In John 11, Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters send a note to Jesus that he is sick. Jesus tells them that his sickness won’t END in death. By the time Jesus arrives in their town, Lazarus is dead. Both Mary and Martha had the same response, “Jesus, if you would have been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus goes on to raise Lazarus from the dead, but what stuck out to me was Mary and Martha’s implication (an allegation) that God was not there in their time of need. This assertion got me thinking: how many times did I believe, “God, if you had been here, my family would not have died, I would have less pain, I would have had a better childhood, etc.?” A lot.
But Jesus’s response was in part, “...and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.” Of course, God was there. He is always there. But I think what He means is that He didn’t stop Lazarus from dying because He wanted them to believe in His power to raise him.
Sometimes the worst things that happen to us cloud our vision from knowing God is there, and He cares. He is not a weekend parent, waiting on the sidelines to get involved.