Friday, March 26, 2021
Confusion is the fastest growing relationship in my life. My brain function is changing. I am struggling with the reality of oldness. I simply don’t catch on to things so quickly as I used to.
Yet even in their comparative youth, the disciples of Jesus also had trouble understanding things. For example, why would Jesus, as a King, ride a donkey in His great processional into Jerusalem?
John 12:16 “His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.”
I find great hope in how the Apostle John tells us about his own lack of understanding. Here are three principles that help me to press on even when I don’t seem to know why?
- Be humble and admit we don’t get it. I love the way the Scriptures honestly show us the weaknesses of people so we can relate to them. We must not try to cover up a lack of understanding with a fake appearance of knowing more than we do. Just admit what we don’t know. It is the beginning point of learning.
- Focus on the glory of Jesus. Our understanding comes only after we see Jesus for who He is and worship Him in all His glory.
- Listen to the Holy Spirit. He is our teacher. He is the One who was sent to us by Jesus after His glorification. The Holy Spirit will lead us into an understanding of all truth. Trust Him. As I mentioned yesterday, He will put all the little pieces into the big picture.
Even though confusion is insisting on walking through the rest of life as my partner, I know that the Holy Spirit is working all things out for the glory of the Father through Jesus Christ. I know that I am part of His redemptive purpose, and whatever I don’t understand will be revealed in His perfect timing. I trust the promise the Apostle Paul gave us in 1 Corinthians 13:12. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
Face to face, we will see Jesus. We will understand the big picture. For now, I’m happy with the little pieces God gives me.
Great reminder: he is working all things out for his purpose. And I’m grateful, too, for the privilege he has given us of knowing the broad outlines of his plan, and letting us be a part of his “redemptive purpose.” What a grace!