Tuesday, April 24, 2018

God Waits To Be Gracious

"Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him" (Isaiah 30:18)
"So often God allows things to get worse before there is any improvement. He "waits to be gracious." Why? To bring us to the end of ourselves and of our resources, till all seems lost and we are in despair: that we may more clearly discern His delivering hand."
~ Arthur Pink, “The Life Of Elijah”

This is like what Jesus did with Lazarus. He deliberately waited two days after hearing of his death, in order to glorify the Father and to teach others about the nature of death for the believer, total depravity of those dead spiritually (helpless and powerless), and about the resurrection. What was sad for Mary and Martha, was to OUR benefit. What was joyous for them in the temporal, was for the growth of their faith and our's>

Joh 11:4  But when Jesus heard it, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it." 
Joh 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 
Joh 11:6  When therefore He heard that he was sick, He stayed then two days longer in the place where He was. 

Joh 11:39  Jesus *said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, *said to Him, "Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days." 
Joh 11:40  Jesus *said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" 
Joh 11:41  And so they removed the stone. And Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou heardest Me. 
Joh 11:42  "And I knew that Thou hearest Me always; but because of the people standing around I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me." 
Joh 11:43  And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." 

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