John 11: Jesus Wept
Read: John 11, Psalm 11
Who: Who wrote this book? Who did they write it to? What was their reason for writing?
What: What does this passage say about God, me, and my relationship with Him?
4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days. John 11:4-6 (NLT)
35 Then Jesus wept. John 11:35 (NLT)
God doesn’t work on our timing. He knows the bigger picture, and he does what is best. However, he is still empathetic as we walk through trials and hardships.
Why: Why is this truth important?
It can be so hard to see God’s love for us as we face loss and heartache. We wonder where he is, and we struggle to see how he could be working all things together for our good. It is important to understand the nature of God that is revealed in this passage- he is omniscient and omnibenevolent.
The heart of God is on display in this narrative. Although his timing may not always be what we think is best, his heart for us never changes. He rejoices when we rejoice, and he weeps for us when we mourn.
How: How would my life/character/perspective be different if I truly believed this truth?
When we understand this, we are able to handle the circumstances of life knowing that God is still in control and he cares deeply for us.
Thank you for caring for me in all seasons. Help me to always see your love as life brings joy and sorrow.