Divine Delay

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John 11:5-7

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

It is interesting that Jesus did not respond immediately after hearing that Lazarus was sick. In fact, the Word of God tells us that He deliberately stayed on for two more days. Why? Because He loved Mary and Martha. But shouldn’t Jesus have attended to Lazarus immediately if He loved Mary and Martha? Why the delay? Why did Jesus allow Mary and Martha to go through the pain of losing someone they loved?

Mary and Martha knew who Jesus was and they knew with confidence what He could do. However, their fledging faith sought Christ to only heal Lazarus, but never to raise him from the dead. This was clear from Martha’s response when she met Jesus two days later:

John 11:21

Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

Their fledging faith inclined Martha and Mary to orchestrate Christ’s limitless power within the perimeters of their understanding of time; Chronos. For Mary and Martha, time is a measurable resource. It is like grains of sand slipping through an hourglass. Chronos is running out and Christ needs to act. They have yet to realize that Christ is never constrained by Chronos but compelled by Kairos; an appointed time, an opportune moment, a due season.

While Mary and Martha saw time ticking away in the Chronos mentality, Jesus was waiting for a time to come His way, waiting for the right opportunity in the Kairos mentality. To Mary and Martha, Chronos was running out and it eventually did. To Jesus, the Kairos had not yet come and it eventually would. Mary and Martha perceived that every second was of similar worth. But for Jesus, not every second held the same worth.

If Christ were to leave for Lazarus immediately when He learnt about his sickness, Christ would only be able to do what He had already been doing; healing the sick and making them well. Christ knew that Lazarus’ sickness had a purpose, a purpose that could only be unlocked according to God’s Kairos time:

John 11:4

When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Because Christ tarried for that Kairos moment, He was able to testify God’s power not only to heal but to bring forth life. In that appointed time and opportune moment, Christ gave glory unto God in an exceedingly powerful manner. He declared to those who were with Him that He was the Resurrection and Life. More importantly, this display of His resurrection power at that Kairos moment would have strengthened Mary and Martha’s faith in a way never possible if Christ had acted according to their Chronos time.

For many, the thought of God loving us should necessitate a life filled with comfort and convenience. However, that is the human way of looking at God’s love. Christ’s love for us does not necessarily always puts us in position of comfort and convenience. However, it always guarantees us the conditioning of our character into Christ-likeness. God’s love for us has no greater end than that of seeing us transform from glory and glory, to be more Christ-like.

Christ loved Mary and Martha. He wanted their faith to not only find assurance in who He was and what He could do, but to also in His Kairos. Christ was not concerned if they had to be left mourning for a moment. He was more concerned for that revelation of God’s power at the Kairos moment to forever elevate their faith to an unprecedented level and for those around to believe in Him as the Resurrection and Life.

Are you facing a delay right now? Are you in pain and sorrow waiting to be comforted? Are in a trying situation waiting to be relieved? Are you in a life-threatening situation waiting to be delivered? Take heart! For your delay is divine. Jesus loves you and He is awaiting the Kairos to do an all-mighty work. A Kairos not just to set you free from your pressing situation but also to set you faith ablaze as He transforms you into His likeness.

Let us pray.

“Dear Jesus, I know You love me and that there is a glorious purpose in every delay. I am the one whom You love and You will not leave nor forsake me in my miry clay. I believe that the Kairos time for You to act has yet to come and I await in peace and gladness. I trust not only in what You can do and who You are, but also in Your Kairos timing to yield greater glory in my life. Help me to remember that time belongs to You and whatever Chronos that I may be losing, You can restore everything in that Kairos moment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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