One Day you will understand...
July 27, 2021, 4:08 PM

Why does a loving God allow us to be in tough situations?

Many times we find ourselves in situations to where we ask very similar questions such as this.

I cannot count how many times over the years I have been asked: “why did God let this happen”, “why did God put me through this”, “why is God doing this to me” and many other variations of this question.

Many of us can probably relate to these questions, and quite frankly have probably asked if not the same but some very similar questions from one time or another.

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

Jesus says this as He is speaking with Simon Peter and about to wash the feet of His disciples.

I love the conversation taken from the two of them, although there is a much deeper conversation we could have about this passage however, that is for another time.

In general, following a meal together and keeping in mind that the “devil has already prompted Judas” Jesus decides to take time aside to wash the feet of His disciples. This is where an amazing conversation piece is prompted by Simon Peter.

As Jesus is preparing to wash the feet of His disciples, Simon Peter questions Jesus saying, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” and Jesus says something that I want you to hold onto today for wherever you are right now in life… Jesus says, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (NIV).

I love these words because it makes me think of each of us and where we currently are in our lives.

Of course, we know that Peter did not feel worthy of the Lord washing His feet even telling Jesus “Lord, you shall never wash my feet” and Jesus responds to him in saying “unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (NIV).

I do think that, if we could possibly look at this passage by itself, for each of us individually and make it personal today just for a moment we could answer so many questions that you may have right now.

You see, God has a plan! And just like the words found in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord” God has the perfect big picture in mind, not just for today but for your future (ESV).

Even when it is the most difficult, we must learn to trust Him, trust His plan, and trust His purpose for our lives.

When I look back and John 13, I love how Peter follows up with Jesus and basically says, well if that is the case don’t just wash my feet then, wash my hands and my head as well! But Jesus wasn’t there to give him a "bath", giving a much deeper spiritual statement saying, “you are clean”.  

For wherever you are today in life, know that Jesus cares for you. Know that you are Loved. And know that God has a plan.

Pastor Jonathan

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