TEXT: John 11:1-6
Tim Keller said, "Christianity teaches that, contrary to fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contrary to Buddhism, suffering is real; contrary to karma, suffering is often unfair; but contrary to secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine."
When we have a desperate situation on our hands, we want people to jump at our beck and call. We want the ambulance here five minutes ago. We want the prescription filled yesterday. We want the doctor to see us now. We even treat God the same way, expecting Him to answer our prayers according to our whims. But, sometimes, we are forced to wait, and that is what we see happening in this story.
Mary and Martha have sent a message to Jesus telling Him that their brother Lazarus, whom Jesus loves, is sick unto death. No doubt, they want Jesus to come quickly or to speak the