You do not realize…
“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” How many times have we said that to someone, like a child or family member or friend, who doesn’t understand our motives. How many times has the Lord said that to each one of us when we do not understand what is going on or why some of our prayers are not answered or why someone isn’t healed?
“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7
The verses around this scripture tell of Jesus washing the disciples feet and the example He was showing them: to go and do likewise. But He knew that so much of His teaching would be better understood along their journey and after the Holy Spirit came.
But this verse has spoken to me on numerous occasions. I cannot count the number of times I have literally said, “Okay Lord, what are you doing???” I’m guessing I am not the only one that has raised this question. It could be about family, job, health, the world – you name it. Many, many times the answer has been, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Later. It could be in this lifetime or not.
What I do know, over these many years on the journey, is that He is trustworthy. He is worthy. In the process of living this life, I have learned that if I keep looking towards the Lord, remembering all His mercies toward me and my family and friends, and read His word and reflect on His goodness, that I realize more and more that He is the ultimate answer, no matter the questions that don’t get answered. And “later we will understand”. Trust Him
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