When it’s Above You and Beyond You

We are taking a short break from our study of the Book of Acts for a brief look at John’s journey contained in John Chapter 14.  We will resume our study of Acts soon.

Read:

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:5–6

Reflect:

The gospel seems obvious to us. We have heard the story of Jesus dying on the cross, rising from the dead, and ascending into heaven. It is good news to us!

But it did not sound like good news to the disciples. The idea completely overwhelmed them. The Lord Jesus said He was preparing a place for them to be with Him, and He concluded by telling the disciples they knew where He was going. Thomas, thoroughly confused, challenged Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” The disciples didn’t know what Jesus was talking about.

Jesus was not upset or caught off guard by the challenge; instead He turned to Thomas and stated very succinctly, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” At that moment, it was not essential that Thomas have exact knowledge of every detail, but it was critical for Thomas to have confidence that Jesus was doing something good. It was a difficult moment filled with great doubt and confusion. Yet, Jesus said the disciples must trust Him and yield to His will.

The will of the Lord Jesus is often above and beyond us.  Many times it demands that we go forward without perfect sight or complete knowledge. It challenges us to believe and act with no other confidence than the assurance that it is His will. 

Respond:

“Lord Jesus I don’t need to have all the answers to trust You. Because You alone are trustworthy.”