I look to the day when every “why?” will have an answer — every question, an explanation.
Why he had to die so early…
Or the business didn’t prosper…
Or the marriage didn’t work out…
Or the tumor had to be malignant…
Or the dream didn’t materialize…
Unsatisfied, we often raise both a fist and a charge to God just like Martha who said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died….” (John 11:21)
Paraphrased, “What took you so long, Jesus? Why did you delay? Why didn’t you come rushing to your friend, Lazarus, when you heard the news?”
But Jesus had a good reason.
He was about to perform something spectacular to enable exponential growth in the people’s faith. In a sense, Lazarus’ death was necessary for the people’s faith to live.
Martha’s limited human understanding, however, could not fully grasp the divine ways of her friend. Until she saw her brother strolled outside the empty tomb. It was only when she looked around her and saw how the people gasped, knelt and praised God that day that she understood why Jesus did what he did.
Martha had to wait for weeks to find her answer.
We might need to wait a lifetime to find ours.
For some of us, we might even have to wait until we get to the other side to get our answers.
Either way, we ought to wait with stubborn faith.
Stubborn because it doesn’t yield to despair, or resentment or surrender. It chooses to believe that God always has good reasons for what He allows in our lives.
Are you now wrestling with some unanswered questions in your life, my friend?
Choose to wait with stubborn faith today.
Wait. Trust. Believe.
That pretty soon, you’ll hear the rock move and a dead man march out from an empty tomb!