‘YOU DO NOT REALISE NOW THAT I AM DOING, BUT LATER YOU WILL.’ JOHN 13:7 NIV
Mary and Martha were upset that Jesus didn’t come until their brother Lazarus was dead. ‘Lord…if you had been here, my brother would have not died’ (John 11:21 & 32 NIV). But instead of giving them reasons, Jesus replied, ‘Did I not tell you…if you believed, you would see God glorified in this?’ (John 11:40 NIV). When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac he didn’t understand, but later he witnessed God’s faithfulness when Isaac was restored to him. Moses didn’t understand why he had to spend 40 years in the wilderness, but later when God called him to lead Israel to freedom, he got it. Joseph didn’t know why his brothers mistreated him or why he was imprisoned unfairly, but later he saw God’s hand in everything. His father questioned why Joseph had been made governor and who’d saved the lives of the nation. God’s purposes became clear.
Just like your children don’t always think your decision makes sense, we don’t understand God’s ways. That’s why Jesus said to Mary and Martha, ‘You do not realize now that I am doing, but later you will.’ God doesn’t expect you to understand, but He does expect you to trust Him. In spite of his boils, bankruptcy and bereavement Job said: ‘When He has tested me, I will come forth’ (Job 23:10 NIV). Is God testing you in this situation? If He is, what are you learning? Is the experience making you bitter, or making you better by causing you to draw closer to Him?
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Rev 10-14, Mark 15:27-32, Ps 132:1-10, Pr 13:4-6 www.mpbs247.org