‘Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
I stumbled across this scripture recently during my bible reading time, and God really spoke to me through this verse. I knew that my next post had to be based around it.
This verse is found in the book of John, in a well known story of the bible, in which Jesus can be found washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus washing his disciples feet took place shortly before His death, and the disciples were confused as to why Jesus was washing their feet. They didn’t know the purpose of why Jesus decided to serve them in this way. This prompted Simon Peter to ask:
‘When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”‘- John 13:6-7
Jesus washing the disciples feet meant more for each of them than they knew. John 13:8-11 reads:
‘“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” 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.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
Jesus knew one of his disciples would betray Him, however he still chose to love and serve them. Jesus washing the feet of his twelve disciples meant so much more spiritually and emotionally than the act itself. This applies to us today- the Lord sees the full picture, the BIG picture! The work he is doing through us is always bigger than we can imagine.
Like the disciples when their feet were being washed, we find sometimes in life that we don’t always understand what the Lord is doing. In times like this it can be so easy to hold the mindset of ‘Why would God let these things happen to me?’ The enemy would LOVE for us to question God and his goodness! Don’t let him have that satisfaction! Whilst we may never understand fully the Lord’s ways, we need to put our trust in Him and realise that His ways are far greater than our own. Isaiah 55:9 reads:
‘For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’- Isaiah 55:9
We can learn so much from John 13:7. Even though we don’t always get an answer from the Lord as to why something is happening, he understands and is patient with our confusion and uncertainty. He wants us to cling to Him and trust in Him during these times. This verse for me is something to remember in times of difficulty or uncertainty. One day, we will look to these days of uncertainty and understand why those things had to happen. God is always working for the best interest of His people- if He brings us to it, He will bring us through it!