TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” (John 13:7 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• So, I did some jumping to conclusions last night. In my effort to be a supportive wife, I went to hear my husband’s band play at a restaurant near our house. There was this guy who kept going up to the guitar player during the first set and pointing at their speakers and equipment while they were trying to play. It was distracting. I went to talk to one of the other wives and she was confused too.
I try to be totally transparent with y’all. So I will admit it. I started giving this man the stink eye and griping to my friends because I thought he was being rude. I wanted him to just sit down and let the guys do their thing.
When they took a break, Wayne rushed to the guy’s defense and explained what he was doing and why it was a good thing. I was already miffed though and so while I reluctantly stopped with the stink eye, I wanted to stay in the conclusion I had jumped to.
Anyone else like to jump to conclusions? And does pride keep you reluctant from backpedaling?
Sometimes our circumstances around us make us wonder what God is doing. “Seriously? This is Your plan? This is what You think is helpful?”
Because we don’t know the whole story and can’t see the bigger picture, we sometimes question God and His motives.
We’ve talked about Isaiah 55:8-9… God’s thoughts are higher than our own and His ways aren’t our ways. But I’m also reminded of Jesus’ words when He washed the disciples’ feet. John 13:7 ESV says, “Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”
Jesus knelt to bathe the filthy, nasty, disgusting feet of 12 grown men who had been walking in sandals… who’s toes were probably crusty with sand… and I’m sorry—feet are just ugly… But as He knelt down, I can’t imagine these guys’ reactions. Only Peter’s reaction is recorded and his was, “Dude! What on earth are you doing?!” (I’ve paraphrased from John 13:6 and 8).
We may go through those moments when we want to say to Jesus, “Dude! What on earth are you doing?! This is NOT what I prayed about!” But before we jump to conclusions and start assuming that Jesus is no longer on our side, we have to remember the truth…
He IS on our side.
And not only does He love us enough to bend down and wash our disgusting feet… He loves us enough to die for us… And He also loves us enough to say no to us. He loves us enough that He will only give us what is best for us.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus that while we may not understand right now, someday we will. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be still and not jump to conclusions… ask Him to help you wait on the Lord and trust in the bigger picture He has planned.
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