When Life Doesn't Add Up

Steven Laman

READ : John 13:1-17

“What is the master doing?” Peter must have thought as Jesus knelt down to begin the menial chore of washing the disciples’ calloused, dusty feet. His mind couldn’t grasp what was happening. Have you ever felt unable to comprehend what the Lord is doing? I often feel that way. Why does God let babies be born with crippling birth defects? Why doesn’t he send rain to parts of the world to relieve the drought and suffering? Why is life sometimes so unfair? My list could go on and on, and surely yours could as well.

Peter couldn’t grasp that the Lord was the prophesied suffering servant. When he objected to the washing, Jesus didn’t get upset. He just tenderly replied, “You don’t really know what I am doing, but later you will understand” (v. 7, cev).

Those words are comforting. No matter how hard we try, some things will always perplex us. When life gets confusing and we have questions, our Lord will not be irritated if we ask. He might not always give us the answers, but we can know that one day we will be able to look back and realize that God did work everything out for the best (Romans 8:28). It may not be in this lifetime-but someday we will understand.


Lord, even when I am clueless about what you are doing, help me to continue to trust you. Amen.