Jesus Ignores Me This I Know, For the Bible Tells Me So
Are you praying for something right now? And are you praying about it for a very long time and still your prayers are left unanswered? Did it occur to you that Jesus might have ignored all your prayers?
I’m reminded of the death and resurrection of Lazarus, a friend of Jesus. In John 11:3, Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus that Lazarus, whom He loves, was ill. Jesus, who was able to heal the sick and even make the blind see, could have immediately went to Lazarus and heal him. Instead, this is what He said:
“This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (v.4)
His response seemed cold.
In verse 5, e are told that “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” But “when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was” (v.6). That doesn’t look like love to me.
Then in verse 14, He told His disciples plainly that Lazarus had died and he was glad He wasn’t there. That seems rude to me.
Jesus finally went, but Lazarus had been in the tomb four days (v.17). Bethany, where Lazarus lived, was just near Jerusalem, where Jesus and His disciples were—It was just two miles away (v.18). Travelling to Bethany wouldn’t be a problem. But how come Jesus didn’t do so?
Jesus met Martha first (v.20). She knew that if He had been there, his brother wouldn’t have died (v.21). Mary said the same thing (v.32). If only Jesus was there a few days earlier, Lazarus could have been healed. If only Jesus was there…
But we know how to story ended. Jesus did the unexpected. He did the miraculous. He raised Lazarys from the dead (vv.43-44). He did not heal Lazarus; He resurrected Him. This is amazing!
It seems, at first, that Jesus was ignoring the request of Mary and Martha. His response seems cold, rude, and harsh. Likewise, we may think that Jesus is ignoring our prayers; we may think that He is cold, rude, and harsh towards us. Because our prayers seem ignored, we feel we aren’t loved by God.
When we go through these times, we must remember that Jesus is working, “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” He answers our prayers in ways beyond what we can expect and imagine, so that we may believe Him.
And one more thing. Just as Jesus had loved Mary and Martha, and of course Lazarus, He loves us!