Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” –John 13:7
April 15, 2020
How many times in our lives we have gone through situations that were frustrating, painful, confusing, discouraging, depressing, or even downright hopeless?
We just celebrated Holy Week. For us, this week did not require the pain, trauma, or emotional price tag as it did the disciples. Hindsight is always 20/20. We want to walk by faith, but it is so much easier to walk by faith well, when we don’t have to walk by faith.
The closer the hour of Christ’s crucifixion, the more bewildered the disciples became. They did not know what Jesus was doing. Every moment was a new reality. Questions were swirling around their heads; What is going to happen to our Rabbi? What is going to happen to us? Why don’t His teachings make sense? Does our Rabbi know what He is doing? Their thoughts began to betray them and emotions began to run high. Their reason, emotion, understanding, and personal commitment failed.
When uncertainty looms fear can gain an ugly control.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5 The disciples would have known this proverb, yet it had no affect in the moment of crises. Fear became their response when uncertainty closed in. This is the hour of true testing, this is the hour that shows whether our faith is real or a figment of our imagination. Whenever we panic or fall into despair it is because our hearts are not fully trusting in the Father. A virus does not disturb our peace but rather our lack of trust in the Father robs us of all that is good.
Panic was their MO, modus operandi, because absolute trust in the Father was not.
Ask yourself if uncertainty, misinformation, and fear have been characteristic of your life these past few weeks, or has an absolute trust in the Father carried you forward?
“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14
You are Loved,
Pastor Jared Cox