Why Let Them Suffer?

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was (John 11:5-6 ESV).

Unbelievable.

He loved them so He let them face death and grief on their own while he was just a few miles away. He could have come and saved Lazarus right away. He could have come and gave them comfort. He could have come and fulfilled his role as a friend. He didn’t.

Why would God do this? Why would he allow us to face pain and suffering?

The answer was given in verse 4: “It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Did you catch that? His glory supersedes our comfort and happiness. John Piper has been heralding this for years. Our happiness is not God’s number one priority. His glory is.