So often when we are in the middle of a trial we get confused. We wonder how got there and why. And we fear the end result.

But time and time again in Scripture we see that God is in control. And that His outcome is good.

Take the death of Lazarus as an example.

In Luke 10:38-42 we see Mary and Martha meeting Jesus for the first time. They invite Him into their home and begin, what ends up being, a very close friendship. Their home would be where Jesus stayed whenever He would be in that area.

But when their brother, Lazarus, who lived there as well, fell deathly ill, and the sisters sent for Jesus, He delayed His coming until Lazarus died. That made no sense to them. They were hurt and offended.

This is how you may feel at times. Maybe even right now. And you may say to Jesus the same thing Mary said when He did finally show up,

Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:21a NLT

We all understand her frustration. She had hosted Jesus numerous times. It says in that chapter that Jesus loved Lazarus. That word, “love” is not the “agape” unconditional love, but rather the word for friendship love, brotherly love, affectionate love. He cared for Lazarus on a personal level. And the women knew He could have gotten there in time based on where He was when they called for Him. So why did He wait?

Well, for those who know the story, Jesus had a bigger miracle in store than a healing. He was planning a resurrection!

I share this story for two reasons:

1. For your life. When things look bleak, trust God. It may not look like He is aware of your situation, or even cares, but He does, and He has a plan.

2. For our nation. Right now, things look hopeless, and it’s very possible that things are going to get worse before they get better. But Jesus loves our county. And He loves the people in our country. And He told me in December of 2019, before all this hit, that we were going to “see His glory”.

It is always darkest before the dawn. It is dark right now, but the dawn is coming!

Let’s ask for Jesus to come, just like the sisters did, and trust Him with the outcome!

John