“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. They were His dear friends and He held them in loving esteem. Therefore, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.” John 11:5-6 Amplified
The story of Jesus and Lazarus’ family starts out so wonderful because it says they were dear friends and held in loving esteem. So of course we know the next sentence will be that He rushed to their side in this crisis, but no, he still stayed where He was two more days! What kind of love is that?
Something Jesus is trying to teach us here is to look at the big picture. Though we may not have the power to raise the dead we can still have power over a situation we are brought into. Jesus was the first to teach us about tough love. It’s a love that does the best though it is the hardest and may be seen as downright cruel. Tough love stops and reviews the situation before jumping into action. Most of the time we have a least a few minutes to decide what we’re going to do in even a major crisis.
Take that time to pray and ask God for direction. Jesus said in verse 4 that the sickness Lazarus had was to honor God and to promote His glory. That should be the believers goal in life, honor God and promote His glory even if it takes tough love.