Delayed Understanding

I’m not afraid to have a laugh, even though the joke is well and truly over!

John 8:12-20

Reference: “Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”” John‬ ‭8:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I’m not amazing at keeping up with the news but I do listen to a morning radio station that speak quite a bit about current events.

There are times when they make a joke about someone or something and I won’t understand it.  I often just push my lack of understanding aside, thinking it must be a private joke between the co-hosts. Sometimes I even laugh along because I can hear how happy the comments have made them.

It’s not until later in the day, or even later in the week, that I will hear a news snippet or my husband will chat to me about the topic they were addressing. I’ll then be reminded of the radio announcer’s joke and it will make so much more sense to me then.

And I’m not afraid to have a laugh, even though the joke is well and truly over!

Application: I wonder if that’s what it will be like when we get to heaven. All the unanswered questions and the things of this world that we don’t understand, will be made clear.

Will we do the ultimate face palm and shake our heads realising it all makes sense now?!

I think we can have glimpses of that moment already, while we are on earth.

There are times when something happens in my life and I don’t understand it. Then I’ll hear a scripture or sing a worship song or hear a sermon that helps me to understand who God is and why I’m in this particular situation. It then all makes sense.

When Jesus was doing His ministry here on earth He was saying some things that would not have made sense to the people. Now, 2000 years later and with the understanding of the resurrection, I can see what Jesus was saying. But at the time the people questioned Jesus’ validity and His claims.

I’m afraid I would have too.

There are things in your life you don’t understand. Some of them you may never understand.

But let’s not be like the unbelieving people back in Jesus’ time who didn’t have the understanding of a God who could defy death and wipe away all sin. We do, and so we can trust with greater fervour that God loves us, He protects us and He prompts us towards His higher calling.

Prayer: Lord, I trust in You. I may not always understand what is happening, but I put my faith in You because You have proven over thousands of years that You love Your people and living by Your plan is the best life we could ever have. Amen.

How willing are you to trust God with the unknown?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.