Friday, 22 January 2016

Intentional Delays

Spirit & Life Devotional
Friday, 22 January 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim

Intentional Delays

"So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was." John 11:6 NKJV

The first thing you notice in the verse above is that Jesus heard about the sickness. So that could no longer be an excuse; He heard. But despite the fact that He heard, the Bible says that He remained where He was for another two days. And note that there were no private jets, or trains or very fast cars then, He was probably going to walk down there. Yet He stayed for two days before moving.

Is it that Jesus did not love Lazarus enough? That cannot be true because verse 5 says that He loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So why did He chose to stay for two days before acting? A lot of us would have started complaining about the pastor and the church if we've not seen or heard from anyone in two days: two days is enough for people to make up their minds about changing their church.

So why the delay? Because of what He wanted to achieve! He had told the disciples that the sickness was not unto death, but for the glory of God, and so that He would be glorified through it. In other words, the delay was intentional.

Brothers and sisters, it really doesn't matter when God chooses to show up, what matters is that He will manifest His power whenever He does. Receive your miracle, in the name of Jesus! Amen.

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