Being Glad for The Pain
For today’s S.O.A.P, let’s look at John 11.
‘Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.” Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”’
John 11:14-15 https://www.bible.com/bible/97/JHN.11.14-15
There are so many different and amazing moments in this chapter that it can be difficult to narrow it down to just one. However, what struck me today is when Jesus says something that is rather shocking. When the disciples are not understanding his double meaning, Jesus says He is glad Lazarus has died. What? Really?! Yes. Read it again. Jesus said He was glad that Lazarus died. However, look at why He was glad. It was because He knew that death was not final. He knew that there was still a miracle in the future for Lazarus and his family. When we have bad things happen in our lives, I wonder if Jesus is as upset as we are. I wonder if we are ‘down in the dumps’ or depressed when Jesus is not bothered at all. Why? Because He knows that our current problem is not the end. Maybe Jesus would even say to us that He is glad it has happened. He is not glad for our pain, confusion, or trouble. He is glad because this is not the end. There is something better on the horizon. He knows that, when it is all over, what we are currently going through will increase our faith and trust in Him.
Today, I will not be excited about my pain but rejoice that it is not the end. There is something much greater that God is working in me. I understand that God more interested in our progress than our comfort. So, today, I will embrace ‘the suck’ because I know it will not last forever.
Help me see You more clearly in my life.