Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
John 11: 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.
Sometimes, absolute wonders fill a single verse. Such is the case here. It is no secret that the reality of God’s sovereignty over all, can lead us to conclude that He is dispassionate over our trials and tribulations. Oh sure, He only allows and designs them for our good, but in some, there may be a suspicion that He is just sitting there on the Throne saying “buck up” to us in the midst of our sorrows or perplexities. A cosmic version of – “shut up and eat your vegetables, they’re good for you.” We can even take on that attitude on comforting others in their griefs. A cold and stoic approach: “Life is hard, so what? Trust God and move on!” But that is absolutely NOT the picture here. First off, Jesus knows full well He is about to raise Lazarus from the dead. And STILL He weeps. Still, He is deeply moved and greatly troubled. Second, He Himself waited for Lazarus to die, and is the one who actually made the situation what it was. And still He weeps. Still He is moved within. So it is we see behind the curtain of divinity in a very startling way here, that, our Savior is deeply moved and greatly troubled at the grief we endure in the providences He Himself ordains. He does not reign dispassionately. Or as Lamentations 3:33 reads – “for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.” Not that He is forced into anything or made to act against His will, but that He is not a cold, dispassionate, stoic bystander – not a despot just meeting out what is good for us no matter how it feels without regard for our pain. Not at all! The ravages of sin and the fall in every form are never experienced by us under the glazed look of a sadistic or cold deity. Even though we both deserve and need all He ordains, He weeps with us in the midst of our pain. He is moved in His spirit, and greatly troubled. He abides with us every step of the way – in compassion.