KEVIN TRIMBLE AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD
John 11:1-4 ¶ Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 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.”
One of the struggles that everyone deals with is this, how do you sort things out when bad things happen. If God is good and cares about us and is involved in our lives, how do you handle tragedy. Our natural mind thinks that everything in this world should be perfect, that the Lord should take away all the pain, sickness, and suffering from this world. It is easy to forget that we live in a fallen world that is hostile to God, as a result, stuff happens in all of our lives. Recently, a young man from our church experienced extensive injuries in an ambush in Afghanistan. An IED went off and took two of his legs and one of his arms. This young man is a dedicated Christian, raised in church, and totally sold out to Jesus. This is the kind of story that none of us want to hear. We all hear the unanswered questions in our brain, “Where was God when the bomb blew up? Why is He allowing one of His own to experience such suffering?” These and many other questions haunt us when something like this strikes someone so close to our hearts.
This is what Mary and Martha had faced when their brother Lazarus died. “If He had only been here this never would of happened.” Jesus said something in His response to one of His disciples questions that we need to look at, “this sickness is for the Glory of God.” Of course Jesus was not talking about the sickness itself giving glory to God. He was speaking of what He would do in Lazarus’ life as a response to the sickness. After the death, the sorrow, and all of those tough questions, the Lord displayed His Resurrection power in Lazarus. He always does. Let me say that again. HE ALWAYS DOES!!!. It may not come the way you thought or when you thought, but if we wait upon the Lord He will display His Glory. Many thousands of people have been effected by the story of Lazarus over the years.
Now that brings us back to Kevin. I don’t want to make light of this horrible tragedy, his family is going through more than I could ever imagine. All I know is this, Kevin’s story is not yet finished, as a matter of fact, it is just getting started. The Lord has plans for him. As Jeremiah said, ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”. (Jer 29:11) Obviously, this is not the plan anyone expected or wanted, but when it all pans out, God will be glorified and all of His sons and daughters will be satisfied. The Lord’s plans tend to become clearer as time passes by, keep your eye on Kevin, the Lord is about to show His Glory.