“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing,
but later you will understand.’”
John 13:7 (NIV)
I just received a call from a fine Christian woman who has been married to the same man for many, many years.
She was calling to give me the detail of where her husband had been placed in a long term care facility.
I have had the privilege of knowing these dear people for many years and visiting them many times over the years to minister from the Scriptures.
This couple has coped with many difficulties in life, including losing a child to death and coping with personal debilitating pain.
I started visiting them perhaps 10 years ago and through all their suffering they have always maintained a quiet acceptance of the trials they endured but could not understand.
How do you explain all of this happening to very kind, loving and faithful people? Life just does not make sense at times.
Try as you will to get your mind around reality, there is no answer to the questions that assault our hearts and minds in the face of such sorrow.
In the context of the verse for today we read that Peter found himself in just such a situation. Jesus was about to do something that Peter could not understand and most certainly did not wish to have happen.
Jesus recognized the conflict in Peter’s mind over what He was about to do and so spoke these words to Peter. What Jesus said was that He recognized Peter’s confusion and promised His beloved disciple that later he would understand what He was doing.
Many times, over several decades of ministry, I have quoted these words of Jesus when seeking to help a distressed believer. They are recorded so that the Christian may seek grace to accept the problem now with the knowledge that Jesus would tell them later why this had to happen.
Are these words of Jesus for you today? Life, at times, is too complex for any of us to understand. It is wonderful to know that a loving and sovereign God is controlling everything and soon will make His purposes known to us.