In this passage below, the Lord wasn’t making much sense to Mary and Martha. Have you ever been there? Have you ever prayed about a problem and believed God for deliverance only to have the problem worsen … even to the point of death, or divorce, or bankruptcy? Have you ever cried out to God in faith and seemingly received nothing from Him to meet your pressing need? I think we can all relate.
“Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:21
We cry out to God in desperation, waiting to hear some hint of a response. The waiting can be excruciating. God seems silent and unaffected by our pleas. But out of the silence, the answer eventually will emerge, as we see that He has heard and replied, even though we can’t understand why the delay, and why He doesn’t drop everything and tend to our needs.
God is a good Father, and He knows what is best for His children. There are times, when our answer is no. Not because God desires to deprive us of things, but because His wisdom surpasses our own, and He knows exactly how to keep our feet firmly planted, so that we do not deviate off course and begin following a destructive path of our own making. There are also times when the answer is not ready, because it is much greater than our original request.
Those who prayed for Lazarus to be healed, could not understand the hesitation of Jesus’ response. He loved Lazarus, why didn’t He drop what He was doing and return immediately? It appeared that He had performed miracles for so many, yet He neglected to help His friend when he needed Him the most. When God seems silent, we are not being ignored, we can know without a doubt, that He loves us, we have been heard, and the answer although possibly delayed will be beneficial to us, and quite possibly greater than we could have anticipated.