Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Not Now

Don't you love it when God gives you one of those "Aha!" moments? I had one just this morning.

I was reading a passage I've probably read a hundred times before, but this time a verse jumped out at me.

“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

How many times have you asked God,
"What are you thinking?"
"Why would you do this?"
"What's going on here?"

Did you know He already gave you this answer? “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

You might be surprised to know where I found this verse. It's from John 13, when Jesus was washing the disciples' feet. Peter refused to let Jesus wash his feet. That's when Jesus said, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Instead of saying, "Ok, I trust you," Peter came up with a better idea - wash all of me!

Don't we do the same thing? When we don't understand something God is doing, we refuse to submit to the Lord, or we tell Him we have a better plan.

In those times when God doesn't make sense, what does He desire from us?
Trust
Submit
Do it His way
Trust

That's what Jesus wanted from Peter. I believe that's what He wants from us.

I don't think this verse is necessarily a promise that we'll always get an explanation from God or always understand what He's doing. But I do think it gives us a helpful principle. Many times God asks us to trust Him Now. And to wait for understanding to come later.

And when it comes, we'll know that it was worth the wait. =)

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2 comments:

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Joanna,
You are so right on!! I had never thought of that verse in that way before, but it is so true. How many times have we gone thru something and not had a clue why, but years later we can see clearly or sometimes lil by lil we see different things or chances that have occurred or good things that came out of that situation and realize that was what is was all about. I love those realizations cause they just convince us all the more that Our God really does know what he is doing!! He truly is good to us all the time, and all the time he is Good!
Hope you are continuing to be able to reduce your Cortef, we pray for you daily hon.
Love ya, Nellie

Mrs said...

Hoping to make acceptance a habit! Thanks for posting!