For the Glory of God
. . . “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Have you ever considered that your suffering is a gift from God to you and, “It is for the glory of God?” Or, is it hard to think that suffering is a gift when you are in the midst of the suffering?
Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was very ill and in that message they included words so important to those whom suffer, “he whom you love is sick.” The sisters of Lazarus were distressed and hurting for their brother. They wanted Jesus to be there for him, but Jesus did not come to Bethany immediately. He tarried awhile before making that journey. Martha, in her pain said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21).
Jesus knew Lazarus was sick and that he had already died before He even came to Bethany. What was His purpose in waiting to come to Lazarus and to Mary and Martha? Jesus told His disciples,“It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be Glorified through it.” The death and resurrection of Lazarus was intentional to bring glory to the Son of God. Amen!
What a great gift the Lord gave to them in their despair. With deep affection and a compassionate heart the Lord Himself came to them. Jesus drew near to whom He loved and raised Lazarus from the grave. We may never be healed in this life from certain adversities or sickness, or be raised from the grave. But, will it be said of you, they suffered for the glory of God in their life and in their death? Is your suffering meant as a gift from God to bring glory to His name? Why else are we here, but to glorify Him!
Lord, I glorify You.