In John 11, Jesus receives word that his close friend Lazarus is very sick, to the point of death.
His sisters, Mary and Martha, ask for Jesus to come and bring healing to Lazarus.
But Jesus doesn’t rush there, and Lazarus ends up dying.
Why would Jesus deny their prayer request of healing, especially for someone who was a close and dear friend of His?
We don’t like hearing “no,” but at the same time, we can trust God’s decisions because He is all-knowing and able to see the entire timeline of events of our lives at once.
He sees the whole picture while we see but a glimpse of it.
That’s why Proverbs 3:5 teaches us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
So, what becomes of Jesus’ “no” to helping Lazarus?
Something even more miraculous happened, something that we can only assume brought countless people to faith.
Jesus did indeed come to see Mary and Martha, but what He accomplished is something no one could imagine.
He had bigger plans for Lazarus than simply healing His illness.
Jesus came and raised Lazarus from the dead, restoring his life to him and allowing him the honor of being a witness to the Lord’s power in ways no one else ever could.
That’s why we must trust that when God says “no,” He has something even better planned for us.