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 Is God's timetable too slow for you sometimes? I sometimes think it is too slow. In John chapter eleven, we read about the death of Lazarus. Mary and Martha sent word to their dear beloved friend Jesus to let him know their brother Lazarus had become very ill. They expected Jesus to come to heal their brother, but he did not come, and they wondered why. However, Jesus had different plans, He told the disciples, and "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it". He loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus very much but stayed in Galilee teaching and healing the sick.


Two days later, Jesus told his disciples that it was time to go to Judea to see Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. When they arrived, they learned that Lazarus had been dead for four days. Martha told Jesus that if he had come sooner, her brother would not have died. Nevertheless, Jesus went to the grave deeply moved, asking to have the stone removed from the tomb. Martha said, "But Lord, he's been dead four days and stinketh." Jesus told her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God." Then Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out," and Lazarus came out of the tomb.


We can learn several lessons from this story.  We often get discouraged as Mary and Martha did because God does not answer our prayers immediately or on our timetable. However, think of all the people Jesus had the opportunity to heal and teach during those two days. Jesus was God's Son and knew the Father's plan and His timetable. It was not God's plan to heal Lazarus. He wanted to glorify his Son by raising Lazarus from the dead. Isn't it great that when we think God is four days late by our timetable, He is still on time? 


Our finite minds simply cannot grasp God's infinite ways of answering our prayers. We have no idea how many times we have prayed, and He is waiting for the proper time to respond. Sometimes God needs to work on our hearts, our character, or another person before he can answer our prayers. We often have to remind ourselves that God's way and timing are perfect. He knows best! Even when we think God is too late, He is still on time.


I just talked with a friend on the telephone that has been praying for a prodigal grandchild to come back to the Lord for a long time. Many grandparents have been praying for their prodigals to return. It is hard to wait, but we have to continue to pray and wait for God's timing. 


Is God's timetable too slow for you sometimes?

  • Are you getting tired of waiting on God to answer your prayers for your grandchildren?
  • Are you disappointed and frustrated because God is not answering on your timetable?
  • Does God want to develop character in your life or in the lives of your grandchildren before He is ready to answer?
  • How do you respond when God does not answer your prayers according to your plans?


Prayer: Dear Father, I want to thank you for the privilege to bring my concerns to you. Give me patience as I wait for you to work out your plan and your timing to answer my prayers. Help me to trust you and your Word as I wait for you to answer my prayers.  In Jesus Name, Amen 

By Lillian Penner, Author, Grandparenting with a Purpose,

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