“Why is Jesus not here?” Mary shouted. “We need him here. Lazarus is not doing well.” Mary and Martha asked Jesus to come and heal their brother, but their request was not answered. Jesus did not heal Lazarus from his illness. Lazarus was now laying on a bed in a tomb.
We all have had what I like to call “Lazarus Situations.” These are situations that we pray for, and our answer does not come. We pray for cancers to disintegrate, we pray for limbs to be restored, and we pray for our loved ones to come home. When those prayers are not answered, we feel as if God is not listening to our requests.
It is easy to get frustrated in those times. We have spent countless hours in prayer and fasted many times for that situation. Even though we know the passage that this kind goeth not out, but by prayer and fasting, it doesn’t seem to work. Through the frustration, there is hope.
God still loves the people of this earth, and that includes us. In John 11, Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. After Lazarus’s passing, Jesus came to where he was buried in Bethany, and Martha fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” Jesus then saw her weeping and the Jews also crying and was troubled. He wept for them because of the sorrow that they had. Jesus loved his people so much that he even cried in their situation.
Jesus then asked her to take him to Lazarus’s grave. Before Jesus arrived in Bethany, he told his disciples, “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” Jesus had a reason that he did not cure Lazarus. He told Martha that her brother will rise again and Martha said to him “Lazarus will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus replied: “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus went over to the tomb and raised Lazarus to life. Jesus answered the need in a way that Martha and Mary couldn’t even comprehend.
In our Lazarus situations, we are like Martha. We ask God to take care of our needs, and we sometimes lose faith in him when it doesn’t work out. God will honor the many prayers, the constant fasting, and the love for the needs of others. Even though our prayers are not answered the way we expected, be assured that God still loves us and that he is going to show us something greater.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:18 KJV