Even When You Don’t Understand

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand yet the meaning of what I’m doing, but soon it will be clear to you.”

─ John 13:7 TPT

Hannah sat quietly in her window seat at the very back of the plane as tears of disappointment slid silently down her face. She turned her face toward the window as the plane moved into position for takeoff, grateful for the empty middle seat between her and another passenger.

She didn’t want to talk … to anyone. She’d spent the last four hours pleading with customs and then with the airlines. Her long-anticipated mission trip wouldn’t happen — at least not this time.

She’d traveled with her team 10 hours across the ocean, only to be denied entry into the country because her visa was within six months of expiration. They put her on the next plane back to the U.S. How could God let this happen? She asked herself. What was His purpose for this detour?

 When you don’t understand why things happen or what’s next, Jesus’s words from our verse today are comforting. He said, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” (John 13:7 TPT.) Jesus promised someday you would understand.

In the meantime, it’s important to understand He loves you. He is faithful to keep all His promises to you. 

Today’s One Thing

Pray the following verses aloud and let them encourage you today.

  • My faith is the substance of things I’ve hoped for and the evidence of what I can’t see (Hebrews 11:1).
  • Without faith, it’s impossible for me to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
  • God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
  • God has given me a measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
  • Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).


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