“But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them”. Wisdom 3:1
The golden everlasting question in Christianity is always left unanswered: why God allow difficulties to his people? Why Jesus didn’t interfere the death of Lazarus?
Some old deliberations: Lazarus is the symbol of our soul. Jesus was giving him life same as Ezekiel witnessed in the Valley of Dry Bones. Ezekiel 37. God’s voice give us new life and Jesus was showing himself as resurrection and life, John 11:25.
Now, we are not going to die and resurrect and live again in this earth. Death means end of our life on earth and an admission to one of three choices. Most of us are not going through a near death experience. But torment is a reality to the brink of death in our life at least once. Desperately we may not find a Jesus in our torments who promised souls of righteousness in the hand of God and no torment will ever touch them. And not literally, but God allow us to die in our torments. It is very interrogative that why our God is not a protective God in many environments. And do allow his own souls to die like Lazarus.
Sometimes it is easy to rebuild than refurbish. This is the same in spirituality too. Usually the advantageous are many, the basic structure will be renewed including the foundation. In Christianity the outside quality and beauty is not much important. “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also”. Matthew 23:26. So if the foundation and basic structure is in rotten we need a rebuild, everything new. If the torments are good enough to rebuild a soul, a God who is more interested in the soul than the whole world will allow the soul die. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26.
The death, of course, will not be literally, but we will loss the battle, we will found ourselves helpless and inactive. And Jesus needs a canvas to perform, as he calm the storm while they were in the sea. Mark 4:35-41. The active disciples failed to ask His intervention but tried hard to sail the boat, taking the control in their own hands. In fact for Jesus it was very easy to calm everything down if the disciples stop their own initiatives. So a helpless situation is essential to act God in our life as he is always waiting, knocking on our doors. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me’. Revelation 3:20.
The next aspect is God may make us an example. A King is supposed to be on a horse than a donkey and if Jesus selected a donkey on his last public appearance when he entered Jerusalem in the mid of roaring hosanna, he was giving the people an example, an example of a peaceful King. The donkey was only a symbol or a device purposed to just one act. But that poor creature got the best chance in its life, carry the creator of universe, what else it can expect? If we can consider us as the donkey, if we can that much humble, we can understand a late visit of God in our life making us an example forever for the good of fellow souls. The blind man in John 9 is very controversial. Jesus answer to Pharisees questions is more provocative. Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Can we say a creature was allowed torments just to perform God his magical acts? One perspective is that how he and the people attached to him accept his blindness. If he accepts his blindness without any concern and he can serve his role in the society it is good enough keep that man to make many believers. Again he is serving as a tool, his torments give light to many. In fact the Pharisees are worried than the blind of his blindness. Exactly the same as our torments and the people surrounding us concerned of it.
So give the God a chance to perform his activity, understand that inactiveness is good to activate Jesus who may be sleeping within us and accept that, being an instrument or symbol may be the ultimate realisation.