“What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” John 13:7. New King James Version (NKJV).
The above verse of the Holy Bible came out of the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ when He washed the disciples’ feet. What triggered those words was the resistance given by the most vocal of His disciples, Apostle Peter. This man, as a faithful believer and hardened follower of his Master, could not see any reason for his master to wash his feet. It was thinkable, practicable and normal for a servant to wash the feet of the master, but not the other way round. It was the norm of the society for servants to serve their Master. For the Master to “descend” so low to serve his servants sounds odd. This was the case with Apostle Peter and his master, Jesus Christ.
As a teacher, and a teacher to all teachers, Jesus did not teach only in words but in deeds. Whenever He spoke, truth manifested. He would not say anything except where there is something of value to be displayed to humanity. He was economical with His words but not with the truth. He told the whole truth, but He was not a “words waster” because His words are “spirit and life.” Joh 6:63. He could not afford to waste them at all. It is shameful to note that today’s disciples, dare you say ministers? are funny sometimes. They speak as if they know everything about the Lord and all His actions. Some even speak as if they know the length and breadth of the Lord, their Maker.
When He reveals anything to them, they capitalize on this to declare that there is nothing they do not know about Him. No! This is not so. They know only what He reveals to them. This is Scriptural. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever…” Deuteronomy 29:29. Therefore, it is expedient to limit your claims to ONLY what the Lord reveals to you, no more, no less. It is a sin to add to God’s revelations or to deduct from it. He warned the people of Moses days, and those after them in Deuteronomy 12:32, “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
Another aspect of knowing the secret of the Lord and His action is understanding them. Failure to understand what the Lord reveals and what He does will lead to saying and doing the wrong thing. One can condemn the Lord, His action and/or to whom He does it. People misinterpret what they do not understand. To be precise, except the Lord opens one’s eyes of understanding, criticizing, and condemning will be one’s pre-occupation; and this will not bring out the right result whatsoever. The Scriptures say, “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases” Psalms 115:3.
Now, to understand the Lord’s action calls for asking Him for the right interpretation and understanding of His actions. He is so loving that He will not hesitate to reveal the meaning and proper understanding of His deeds. However, He reserves the right to do this when He has chosen to do so. He may give an understanding of His action as soon as one demands for it.
This instant answer will give peace to the heart of one who wants it. On the other hand, He reserves the right to fix a future date to do this. This will also give the fellow who wants an understanding of the Lord’s deeds a peace of mind and be glued to the Lord until a great result emerges. That is why Jesus Christ told Apostle Peter, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will know after this” John 13:7. If the Lord Jesus said this to Peter, He can say the same to you that you may know what He is doing. The Lord’s actions that look strange to you will become clear if you apply patience and wait for a later time when everything will become clear to you. John 13:12.
Therefore, do not see yourself as an expert in understanding the Lord’s deeds, actions, and inactions. God has no personal assistant. Watch, pray and wait for an understanding of what He does. Stay blessed and prepared for the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
NOTE: All Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version of the Holy Bible.
NOTE FOR SALVATION “The father loves the Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remain under God’s angry judgment” John 3:35-36
Article by Olawale Ogunsola. Published by permission from faithwriters.com Olawale Ogunsola is the set man of CTFM (WORLD OUTREACH) and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church. He is a poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality content. Article source: http://articles.faithwriters.com/reprint-article-details.php?article=41403