By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Read: John 11:1-6
God is God of plan and purpose. He does everything according to His timetable. For instance, the era we live in today is somewhere in God’s eternal plan for man. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 clearly tells us that God has a set time for everything and that He follows His timetable and not that of man. Even when you have drawn up your timetable and want to squeeze God into it, do not be disappointed if He does not follow it. Going by His timetable, He is never too early or too late in any event. After the death of Lazarus and the Lord was sent for, the sisters of Lazarus were disappointed at the time He arrived, saying they wished He had been there earlier (John 11:20-24). To them He came late, but Jesus was on time going by Heaven’s timetable. Have you ever felt the Lord was late in intervening in a particular situation in your life? Were you disappointed? If you were, you can understand the mindset of Mary and Martha. But at the end of the day, their dead brother came back to life and God received a greater level of glory. A case of one stone killing two birds!
Before you can conclude that He is late, you may first have to see what He sees and know what He knows. Also remember that He has you in mind and loves you more than you love yourself. God allowed the sickness of Lazarus so that God and Jesus may be glorified (John 11:4). How best this purpose is achieved is left entirely to Lord. If Jesus had immediately gone when the message came, He would have been “on time” to the sisters but He would have also met Him sick. Healing Him at the point of being sick will give God a lesser level of glory relative to raising the dead whose body was already decomposing. The publicity that came from that great miracle was so much that Jesus could no longer openly operate among them. He had to go to Ephraim. This publicity stirred up anger in the religious people of the day (John 11:46-54). He knew the risks and wanted it so. When God does something today, He knows what He wants from it and He does it at the most appropriate time to achieve His purpose. This simply shows that God has vested interests in the affairs of His children. In your situation the Lord will not be late. If ever He appears late, it will be in your best interest.
What is lateness if what could have been done earlier is done better at the time considered late?
Bible in one year: Mark 1-4