"It went from bad to worse before it got better."
Isn't that the way it goes sometimes? It got me thinking about Jesus getting the news that his friend Lazarus was very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus hoping He would come and heal him. What did Jesus do? Did he rush to save the day? Nope.
"But when Jesus heard this, He said, "This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." John 11:4-7 (NASB)
By the time He arrived, Lazarus had died and been in the tomb for 4 days. Martha ran out to greet Him and said "Lord if you had been here my brother wouldn't have died". But then she added this line: "Even now I know whatever You ask of God, God will give You."
There it is! Faith and hope in Jesus when things go from bad to worse! We know of course Jesus had something better in mind: Raising Lazarus from the dead! Even though He knew what He was going to do, John tells us "Jesus wept." (John 11:35). He allows what He hates to establish what He loves. He cares deeply about us when we slide into a "bad to worse" situation. But it's only temporary!
Can you share some encouragement for those who are in a "from bad to worse" season of life right now?
When you're in the middle of it your faith can take a few hits. But "better" is on the way!
Dr. Jim Coakley has taught at Moody Bible Institute, specializing in Old Testament and Biblical Languages, since 1999. Prior to Moody he was involved in pastoral ministry for thirteen years. He has traveled to Israel multiple times as a tour leader and has also toured throughout Turkey. He was a contributor to The Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Radio's The Land and the Book program (Saturdays at 9 am ET).
Kurt Goff, co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 30 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. Upbeat and encouraging, Kurt has a passion for connecting people to God. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.
Kate Bruington is the co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, Midday host, and can also be heard on Music for Sunday. Originally from East Hartford, Conn., Kate brings years of TV and radio experience to Moody Radio in Florida. She attended Boston Conservatory of Music and traveled the country singing before entering the broadcasting field. Kate's pastimes are reading and writing, and she currently spends much of her free time writing a novel. She has two daughters and two grandchildren.