“So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it 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.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was”(Jno.11:3-6). Lazarus was sick and his sisters were so concerned that they sent for Jesus and He waited two days to respond. We know that Jesus raised Lazarus from death, but his delay in getting there could’ve been an obstacle that tested the faith of Mary and Martha.
Divine delays can be an obstacle that tests our faith. If we’re honest, we want God to answer our prayers the way we desire and immediately, and if that doesn’t happen our faith is tested. We have to remember that God answers our every prayer according to His will and in His perfect timing. We tend to think that we know what’s best, but let’s not forget that God always knows what’s best for us. So, when your prayer isn’t answered when and how you want, remember that God is in control and He doesn’t necessarily give you what you want, but what you need. Divine delays shouldn’t test our faith, but instead strengthen it by challenging us to trust God more.