We all want to know why God makes us wait so often. Whilst God doesn’t have to answer to us, the Bible gives some clues. In this extended account of the sickness, death and raising of Lazarus, we grasp that Jesus has some greater purposes in mind than our immediate relief or satisfaction. His priorities are the glory of God, the engendering of belief, and the dispensing of eternal life, God’s life. His raising of Lazarus is a demonstration of his capacity to achieve those ends, which are to our eternal benefit.