Be Still Know
John 14:5 NLT
‘No, we don’t know, Lord,’ Thomas said. ‘We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?
I mentioned yesterday that we are looking at moving home so that we can accommodate Mum together with ourselves. On paper this is a logical process; in reality it feels quite stressful and complex. Selling two houses and then finding one we both like… And of course the process; working with estate agents, lawyers, family etc. Sorting through years of accumulated ‘stuff’ and deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. And so it goes on.
Once Jesus had explained to the disciples he was going away, Thomas expressed his concern with the words, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ (John 14:5, NET). Often I have left a meeting or my own devotional time with a clear sense of God, and then been completely confused in knowing how it applies practically.
The disciples are hours away from witnessing Jesus being treated brutally. Every promise he’d made, and in which they had placed their trust, was about to appear to be reduced to nothing. The Roman state plus the religious and political authorities, were to demonstrate their strength and Jesus’ weakness as they removed this troublesome irritant from the world. The terror of it caused the disciples to scatter, apart from Peter. However, he eventually weakened, denying his friendship with Jesus in what appeared his best interests in the heat of the moment.
Jesus invites Thomas and all disciples across all ages to take the long view when they feel the heat. Knowing where we are headed provides a healthy orientation in times of stress. As we look to organising a move, managing all the details, protecting Mum’s independence while ensuring our own flourishing in new arrangements, we have to place our confidence in Jesus’ promise that he has gone ahead of us, laid a path and made full provision. It’s in taking the long view that we shall enter fully into the peace which is God’s promise to each one of us.
QUESTION: How well are you able to take and maintain the long view of life? What are the trip hazards that bring you down as you seek to abide in Christ?
PRAYER: Lord, I do not always clearly see the road ahead. Help me at those times to trust in your guiding hand.