GDW Lesson #112 by Steve Troxel
John 11:7-10 – Lesson #112
The point of full surrender to the will of God is exciting…and sometimes extremely frustrating. We know God calls us to trust Him in ALL things, but it often seems to make much more sense to trust in our own ability and rationalizations. Even when we are resolved to follow Him at all cost, He is often silent and has us wait for no apparent reason.
Lazarus was terribly sick when Martha and Mary sent for Jesus to come. Jesus knew the full extent of the sickness and yet, “when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was” (John 11:6). Why!? Jesus gave a hint when He said this sickness is for the glory of God (11:4), but I sure would have found it difficult to just wait.
“Then after this He said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to Him, ‘Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?‘ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.'”
So after waiting for two full days Jesus finally said it was time to go. Thank You! But notice that the disciples then began to object. Going back into Judea was dangerous and they were quite comfortable in their current location doing their current ministry – change is scary! We will soon see a glorious reason for the delay but it’s interesting how Jesus used this opportunity to teach about complete trust.
The disciples had reason to be concerned. They had just left Judea because “the Jews took up stones again to stone Him” (John 10:31). Jesus was directing them back to the place of danger; yet, he also said this was where they would not stumble. They would be secure because they would be walking in the light.
We must not move on until we understand this point. Jesus is The Light! “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). The only place where our footing is solid and secure is where the path is illuminated by Christ. Why do we keep trying to walk our own path? As soon as we leave His side we are in darkness and are sure to fall; “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). We must practice and live a life of truth by refusing to walk in darkness!
The path of light is sure and true…but this does not say easy, safe, or without frustration. We will not always understand the turns in the path of light, we may not always feel productive or even secure. But if we desire a life which honors God with every step and is ultimately more satisfying and filled with peace and contentment then we must boldly, and sometimes very patiently, walk daily in the Light.
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