John 11:4 ¶ When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
This is a powerful truth that Jesus was proclaiming in describing the horrible sickness that was threatening to steal his friend Lazarus’ life while he was a young man. In fact Lazarus did “die” but, as we know, his death didn’t “stick”. God had a higher plan in mind, He was using the worst moment in this family’s life to display His glory. Their worst moment suddenly became their best moment. Can you imagine the shock and the joy at the sight of Lazarus hopping out of his tomb. Their sadness gave way to joy, their heavy hearts were replaced with dancing feet. Lazarus was alive, Christ was Lord over death itself. Matthew Henry spoke about God using horrible circumstances to display His glory, here is something he said of this truth.
“But it is for the glory of God, that an opportunity may be given for the manifesting of God’s glorious power. The afflictions of the saints are designed for the glory of God, that he may have opportunity of showing them favor; for the sweetest mercies, and the most effecting, are those which are occasioned by trouble. Let this reconcile us to the darkest dispensations of Providence, they are all for the glory of God, this sickness, this loss, or this disappointment, is so; and, if God be glorified, we ought to be satisfied. It was for the glory of God, for it was that the Son of God might be glorified thereby, as it gave him occasion to work that glorious miracle, the raising of him from the dead. As, before, the man was born blind that Christ might have the honor of curing him, so Lazarus must be sick and die, that Christ may be glorified as the Lord of life. Let this comfort those whom Christ loves under all their grievances that the design of them all is that the Son of God may be glorified thereby, his wisdom, power, and goodness, glorified in supporting and relieving them.”
Maybe you are going through some kind of “death experience” today. Remember what Jesus said, “This sickness (problem) is not unto death, but for the glory of God”. Your current problem is not for your destruction, it is only an opportunity for God to be glorified as He meets you in this challenge. If Bartimaeus had never been blind He wouldn’t have experienced the healing touch of God. If the woman had never had “an issue of blood”, she would never have touched His anointing. If Jairus’ daughter was not sick to the point of death he never would have sought out The Lord. Your greatest tragedies will draw you to God, and when He meets you, will provide a platform for you to proclaim the glory of God. So get ready, this can be the defining moment of your life.