Pastor Stephen Dedman

Wait On The Lord

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”
John 11:5-6

There are times in our life when we don’t understand why things are happening. We pray for God to allow things to go smoothly for us. But what about the times when things don’t go our way?

The words in verse 5 is what we expect to hear. We expect to hear that Jesus loved his close friends. Martha, Mary and Lazarus were very close to Jesus.

Jesus would often go to their house and eat the meals that Martha cooked and Mary would sit at His feet and listen to His stories. Their relationship with Jesus was personal. Jesus enjoyed being with them and they enjoyed being with Him.

What we don’t expect to hear are these words in verse 6. “So when He (Jesus) heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed were He was two more days.” That is not what anyone expects Jesus to do. We expect Him to quickly go to Bethany and heal Lazarus and everyone is happy.

That’s our expectations. We want Jesus to come when we call for Him. We want Jesus to take action when we need Him. For Jesus to delay helping His close friends shows us that He has a bigger plan.

Jesus wanted to do something far beyond what anyone could have imagined. So He allowed Lazarus to into the grave a few days to prove who He was. When Jesus arrived to the place where Lazarus laid, He called out His name and the dead man came alive. The glory of God was shown so that many believed in Him as the Messiah.

We must remember that Jesus doesn’t always do what we expect. Sometimes He wants to do things that are beyond our comprehension. He wants us to know that He is able to do more than what we expect.

The Lord wants to show us that He is able to do things that are indescribable. But we must believe He is able. If He is able to give sight to the blind and life to the dead, He is able to take care of every problem we have.

Wait on the Lord and let Him do what He needs to do in your life. The wait may not be just for you. He may want to use your circumstance to show someone else who He is.


Lord, I wait for You to give me what I need. I trust in Your provision. Give me wisdom to see how Your working in my life.