Journey Group Devotional, 11/10/15
Have you ever noticed how often Jesus was misunderstood? How many of His lessons were totally missed, even by His closest followers?
The lesson in John 14:1-7 is another example of how Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand what He was telling them. He spoke of going away, that they knew where He was going, and that they knew the way. Thomas spoke up and said, ‘Lord, we don’t even know where You are going, so how can we know the way?’ That’s when Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,’ (John 14:5-6).
Before we get too critical of Thomas and the other disciples, let’s consider ourselves and how we often misunderstand things. We misunderstand each other. We misunderstand circumstances and events. We often totally misunderstand God and what He is trying to say to us – just like the disciples.
In the verses immediately following, Jesus further explained Himself. He taught several things:
- He is the only way to get to God the Father
- He would be sending the Holy Spirit to live in the lives of those who believe in Him
- Other important lessons for life
My point is, we CAN misunderstand what God is saying to us. So what do we do? We can do exactly what Thomas did. We can ask Him to explain things to us more clearly. When we are not certain what the Lord wants us to do, see, learn, or understand, we can ask, (John 14:14). It may be a particular scripture we don’t understand, it may be a situation that has come our way at home or work, it may be a sickness or a painful experience we are going through. But we can ask God to make it very clear what we are to learn, or what we should do. He does not want to hide His will from us. Rather, He desires us to depend on Him, to trust Him totally. Maybe He just wants you to get closer to Him.
Above all, please don’t misunderstand this: He wants our love.
He who loves Me will be loved my My Father, and I will love him, and show Myself to him,’ John 14:21.