Today’s Scripture: These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. John 11:11-14

Of all the dark moments described in the Bible, this had to be one of the darkest. Mary and Martha sat watching their brother die. Even though they had sent word to Jesus, He hadn’t come. Feeling lost and forsaken, they laid their brother in the tomb.

What they didn’t know was that Lazarus had to die for God’s will to be performed. Jesus was going to raise him from the dead, and as a result of His miracle, many would believe on Him. Mary and Martha didn’t know this in the darkness of their night. Their beloved brother was dead, and the Lord hadn’t come.

Are you feeling that way about a trial in your life? Have you prayed many times for an answer, but no answer has come? The loneliness and sorrow you feel in this condition is indescribable, and yet, I ask you to take hope.

The disciples were concerned with Jesus’ inaction. They thought Jesus should have immediately gone to Lazarus. Imagine them talking together. “Do you think He is going to go see Lazarus?”

John might have said to Peter, “He better hurry. Maybe James should talk to Him about it.” Judas might have said, “I thought Jesus loved Mary and Martha. Why hasn’t He gone to heal their brother?”

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder


Jesus came through with His always perfect timing, and He will do the same for you. Just as He has never forsaken you in the past, so will He not forsake you now.