“’But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.’” John 11:8-10.
Yesterday, it was Jeremiah saying, “Alas, Sovereign Lord.” Today, it’s the disciples saying, “But Rabbi.”
Different collection of words but the same foundation in both responses: “Are You sure that You are doing the right thing?”
It’s about questioning the Will of God.
I am so wrapped up in my own intelligence that I elevate myself to a partnership with God. “We’ll sit around the table and decide what’s best.” What am I thinking!
Jesus uses verses 9-10 to explain that when you don’t follow Him, you’re likely to get into difficulty.
God knows what He’s doing. That is the bottom line that I must never forget.
David, in Psalms, questioned God and Job certainly did. But they realized, upon reflection, that God knew best and they were His followers not His partners.
If I really believed that God is Who He says He is, how would I live my life? (1) There must be less of me in the decision-making process. (2) There must be less of my thoughts when things don’t go as I expect them to go.
There’s a saying in these parts: “In Bill we trust.” The “Bill” is Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. His ways are not always understandable but the wins by that team keep happening. Questioning his every move fails to realize that the coach knows what he’s doing. Relax and enjoy the results!
In God I must fully trust. He knows what is best. He knows what He’s doing. My task is to continually seek His Will. To bloom where I’m planted and take refuge in Him.