Someday You Will
28 September 2018
GraceNotes – A Journey of Discovery
Scripture: John 13:1-20 (Click link for scripture in Bible Gateway)
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” 8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” 9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” 10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” (John 13:6-11 NLT)
You don’t understand now, but someday you will. There are things Jesus does that don’t make sense. We just can’t understand! There are places Jesus leads us that just don’t make sense. We just can’t understand! There are things Jesus tells us that just don’t make sense. We just can’t understand now! (But someday we will!)
Stay on the journey. Keep following. Keep on following Jesus’ words and his example and one day we’ll understand. Not talking about just accepting it blindly even though it doesn’t make sense and say “OK, I understand!” when we really don’t. Because someday, when we’ve traveled very far from where we began and we’ve come nearer where we’re going, we’ll make the same choice or say the same words or do the same thing he told us so long ago. And when we do, we’ll suddenly realize it’s not because he told us to do it, but because we’ve grown so much more like he is that it came from within us.
Friends, you and I can be eternally grateful for Peter. Peter so often said what we would have been thinking in the same situation. I think it, but Peter just opened his mouth and said it! So he’s the one who ended up with his foot in his mouth or constantly being corrected by Jesus. So if we’ll just pay attention to Peter, there’s a lot we can learn and a lot of embarrassment we can avoid!
Don’t tell Jesus what you’ll always do or what you’ll never do! And don’t tell Jesus what he should do! Jesus knows what he’s doing and he knows what you and I need. My advice, just trust Jesus! He really does know what’s going on!
Father, It’s so tempting to make bold declarations when I should listen and learn! Help! May I learn to keep my mouth shut and my heart open and simply trust Jesus!