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Lazarus’ death illustrates this principle.  What could have been more important than the urgent message from Mary and Martha?  “Lord, he whom You love is ill” (John 11:3).  John records the Lord’s response in these paradoxical words:  “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So when He heard that he was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was” (verses 5-6).  What was the urgent need?  Obviously to prevent the death of this beloved brother.  But the important thing from God’s point of view was to raise Lazarus from the dead.  So Lazarus was allowed to die.  Later Jesus revived him as a sign of His magnificent claim, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me though he die, yet shall he live” (verse 25).

 

We may wonder why our Lord’s ministry was so short, why it could not have lasted another five or ten years, why so many wretched sufferers were left in their misery.  Scripture gives no answer to these questions, and we leave them in the mystery of God’s purposes.  But we do know that Jesus’ prayerful waiting for God’s instructions freed Him from the tyranny of the urgent.  It gave Him a sense of direction, set a steady pace, and enabled Him to do every task God assigned.  And on the last night He could say, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.”

 

DEPENDENCE MAKES YOU FREE ...

 

Freedom from the tyranny of the urgent is found in the example and promise of our Lord.  At the end of a vigorous debate with the Pharisees in Jerusalem, Jesus said to those who believed in Him:  “If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free ...  Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin .... So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:31-36).

 

Many of us have experienced Christ’s deliverance from the penalty of sin.  Are we letting Him free us from the tyranny of the urgent?  He points the way:  “If you continue in My Word.”  This is the way to freedom.  Through prayerful meditation on God’s Word we gain His perspective.

 

P.T. Forsyth once said, “The worst sin is prayerlessness.”  We usually think of murder, adultery, or theft as among the worst.  But the root of all sin is self-sufficiency--independence from God.  When we fail to wait prayerfully for God’s guidance and strength we are saying, with our actions if no our lips, that we do not need Him.  How much of our service is characterized by “going it alone”?

 

The opposite of such independence is prayer in which we acknowledge our need to God’s instruction and supply.  Concerning a dependent relationship with God, Donald Baillie says:  “Jesus lived His life in complete dependence upon God, as we all ought to live our lives.  But such dependence does not destroy human personality.  Man is never so truly and fully personal as when he is living in complete dependence upon God.  This is how personality comes into its own.  This is humanity at its most personal.”

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