The story of Lazarus (John 11) is one of the most compelling stories in the bible. Interestingly, it is only recorded in 1 of the gospels. Lazarus was a friend to Jesus and when he heard of his illness he purposefully stayed where he was instead of running to his side. Jesus allowed Lazarus to die, be buried and actually begin decomposing. What looks like Jesus tarrying after his death and perhaps seemingly does not care, he then begins his journey 3 days after Lazarus had died. At Jesus’ arrival, his family was visibly upset and Jesus spoke “did i not say that if you would only believe, you would see the Glory of God”. Jesus could have healed Lazarus while he was sick, but there was a greater purpose in his death. When Jesus spoke people were healed, storms were calmed and when Jesus had the stone rolled away from Lazarus’ tomb….he said Lazarus, come forth! After Lazarus was resurrected, Jesus spoke of its purpose “that these witnesses would know that He (God) has sent Me”.
When we find ourselves in a situation that seems dead or impossible, we instinctively cry out to God asking him where is he, why is he allowing this to happen or does he even care? There may be greater purpose by allowing your circumstances to progress to hopeless. He just may allow something to die or even begin to stink and decay. In God’s perfect timing, He will call your Lazarus forth resurrecting your dead circumstances to life, and God allowing you to the be the conduit of a miralce for many witnesses to see Jesus revealed in your life giving to those who have no hope, the hope of Glory!