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John 11 Part 2: Waiting On the Lord

Updated: Jun 20

So, when He [Jesus] heard that he [Lazarus] was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was

John 11:6

It is often easy to encourage others to "Wait on the Lord". We glibly say anecdotes and small "Christiansese" phrases when people are going through it. It is not wrong to say such things because we are called to encourage one another and edify one another. However, when we find ourselves going through a similar situation, we find it much more difficult to "Wait on the Lord", especially when circumstances seem dire.

Mary and Martha had sent to Jesus about Lazarus, "he whom you love is sick." (John 11:3). They expected that Jesus would have come immediately to rescue the one that he loved. (John 11:21) But Jesus didn't. He waited two more days. We can easily find ourselves in similar circumstances. When a trial come our way, we often run to God in prayer with the expectation and hope that He will show up in a mighty way and immediately make things better. This is, after all, the God who parted the Red Sea. And we sing the song "He will make a way when there seems to be no way." We serve the God of all hope.

Waiting on God is not just a term of throwing out a request and then sitting around until He shows up. Waiting on God is seeing what He is doing and joining Him in doing it. Jesus always pointed out that He was watching the Father and doing what He was doing. (John 5:19). Jesus was waiting on the Father and the leading of the Holy Spirit all the times. (Matthew 4:1)

Truly waiting on God is not always easy. We must continue to seek His face and see the path that He has for us. And there is no magical steps to waiting. It is not a bowl of cherries. It might hurt to wait on God. The best thing we can do is learn to wait on Him when things are going good. Then, we will be able to clearly hear His voice guiding us and shepherding us through the storms of life.

Blessings to you!

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