If God’s Timing Is Perfect Why Does it Often Hurt So Much?

July 11, 2012 — Leave a comment



If God’s timing is perfect why does it often hurt so much?

I would love to hear Martha, the sister of Lazarus answer that one. What an interesting conversation that would be.

Back Story

Martha and her sister Mary, along with their brother Lazarus loved Jesus and were friends with him.

They took care of Jesus when he was in their neck of the woods. (e.g. feed him meals, allowed him to stay at their house, Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with oil and wiped them with her hair)

There was a solid relationship of trust and care between their family and Jesus

Lazarus becomes very sick. He becomes sick enough that the family sends for the help of Jesus.

Their life is not adding up so they send for the one that can set it right.

One problem: HE DOESN’T” SHOW UP!!!!

Facts to remember and remind yourself of

Jesus loved them (in pain we often forget the love of God because it doesn’t feel like he is there)

This pain was for the glory of God (our life is not our own. We are his and we are bought with a price)

Story Continued

By the time Jesus gets there Lazarus is dead

Martha hears Jesus is coming and goes to meet him on the road

Then we read this in John 11:21-2

21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me,though he die,yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord;I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”


Martha had her facts straight. If Jesus had healed immediately, Lazarus would have not died. He would have been okay and pain in their lives wouldn’t have been an issue. However, there is something I don’t want you to miss.

If Jesus had acted in the way Martha thought He should, her relationship would have never had the same depth as it did when with her eyes she saw Jesus command death to let go of her brother.

Jesus cried out, “Lazarus, come out.”


Jesus took the power of the resurrection out of the shadows of the Old Testament. Jesus took the power of the resurrection out of the future also. He proved to her and us that HE IS THE RESURRECTION IN THE NOW.

If God’s timing is perfect why does it often hurt so much?

The answer is simple-so He alone will receives all the glory and that you and I  would come to know Him at the deepest level possible.  To know Him deep demands a path of pain.God’s timing is perfect but that doesn’t mean it won’t sometimes hurt.


What are your thoughts? Share them with us.

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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