Even though we all have varying degrees of patience, most of us would score poorly on
a patience test. You can see it in every fast food joint. It is not uncommon to see a
person getting infuriated because their chicken nuggets have delayed by three minutes.
Granted, there are some that are more patient but even so, we all hate late deliveries –
especially when you have exercised patience by waiting nonchalantly for your order
only to notice a group of people that came into the restaurant after you being served
As long as the earth remains, we cannot avoid such scenarios. There always will be an
instance when things or people that were supposed to come through just don’t. This
can be really frustrating when successful outcome depends on timely delivery.
Waiting can be scary. But sometimes, all you need is to get through the scary and cross
over to the nick of time – that is where you will see the salvation of God. Don’t give up
on your marriage yet. Don’t give up on your family yet. Don’t give up on your dreams yet
– you never know what will happen in the nick of time. You never know what will happen
in your last counseling session.
A Biblical perspective
John 11 records a phenomenal story; the story of Lazarus. As you read verse one, you
get the idea that Lazarus’ family was not just any other ordinary family.
1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and
her sister Martha.
2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured
perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
John takes time to establish that Jesus had a close relationship with this family. They
had been good to Jesus and Jesus loved them. So they were not just strangers that
needed his help. So when Lazarus fell sick, they almost expected to see him running to
heal him. But guess what Jesus did? He waited.
6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days
Can you imagine what must have been going through the minds of the disciples? Or
better still, what Mary and Martha were thinking about Jesus? In fact, the scripture gives
us a sneak preview into this. Check out Martha’s reaction when Jesus finally showed
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have
22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.
She couldn’t fathom why Jesus would respond to heal other sick people immediately but
when they sent for him, he ignored them. He didn’t come when Lazarus was sick and he
didn’t come for the funeral service. By the time he shows up, Lazarus was already four
dead for days. What she didn’t know was why Jesus had taken his time. At least he had
mentioned it to the disciples even though they probably didn’t understand it either.
15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
Jesus wanted to encourage and strengthen their faith through the miracle of
resurrection. God expects us to be unwavering in faith; standing firm even at the point of
death. And when we take on this attitude, we will find him standing at the entrance of
the tomb breathing life on everything that was dead. For even if it is dead, it is not too
dead that for God to rise it up again!