“The Alternative Factor” is the title of an old Star Trek episode. It’s about a guy named Lazarus who has a good and bad side… one from our universe and one from the anti-matter version of our universe. Lazarus agrees to stay in an immortal battle with his evil self so that mankind, in both universes, can continue to survive. At the end of the episode, Kirk asks “And what of Lazarus?”
That question is also a good thing to contemplate from a biblical perspective. From John 11:3-4 Jesus hears of Lazarus’ declining health…
When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Reading that I thought “And what of Lazarus?”
What about his declining health, his pain, his suffering, his angst, his weakness?
Even though he was to be raised from the dead “for the glory of God” he still had to endure the illness and death. And after his raising from the dead he, later in life, had to suffer through death again.
We too may be asked to suffer, to face challenges, to face turmoil for the glory of God.
If such a fate was acceptable to Lazarus, someone whom Jesus knew and loved to the point of weeping at his death, then should we not be surprised if we are expected to face our own challenges for our faith?
Over and over again in the bible people are healed due to their faith, but that doesn’t mean they did not have to suffer prior and even after that miraculous moment.
If its good enough for one of Jesus’ dearest friends, its good enough for us.
What will God ask of us so that He may be glorified?