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Delayed Understanding

Dec 01, 2011 12:17 PM EST

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7

God’s will is not always understood in the moment, but in retrospect it becomes clear. This is the design of the faith walk: remain faithful today, even though understanding may not come until tomorrow. Delays in the comprehension of circumstances seem like a divine detour, but it is a fruitful path for the Lord to show Himself trustworthy and wise.

Be comforted for Christ is doing a deeper work—even if on the surface it seems shallow, insignificant and unnecessary. The details of how He takes the time to prepare us for His next assignment may seem redundant, but counter intuitive actions are not learned in one lesson. The idea that greatness comes from being a servant to all takes time to transform a heart. Jesus does not allow us to move on until humility truly moves in.

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (Daniel 4:37).

A delayed understanding of God’s ways is not meant to delay our action in opportunities to serve. For example, we can’t immediately see the bigger meaning in the scare of an inconclusive blood test that leads to more invasive physical exams, but later we grow in our love for the physicians and nurses who care for us. Delays are God’s parenthesis for Him to produce good fruit in and through us. So we serve well while we wait to know.

Do you feel trapped or caught in a no win situation? If so, what is the Lord trying to say? How can you grow as a student in Jesus’ school of unselfish service? Ask Him to convert your counterproductive frustrations into fuel for focus on the well being of others. You may have it hard, but someone else has it worse. Turn to the all knowing one in the middle of the unknown. The Holy Spirit will reveal His ways when you are ready.

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).

Therefore, stand today in the security of your Savior Jesus, as He is your rock and reassurance. Understanding may not come until after your window of obedience. His love is not delayed, only your ability to totally comprehend His grander plan in the larger landscape of life. God’s delays are designed to accelerate your love for and trust in Jesus.

“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isaiah 26:8).

Where do I need to remain faithful in the middle of a season of delayed understanding?

Related Readings: Lamentations 3:24-26; Micah 7:7; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 John 5:20

The author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional is Boyd Bailey. For more information, visit: http://wisdomhunters.com/about-us/