John 13 - In Due Time - Will Understand

John 13:7 – You Do Not Know #105

In John 13, Jesus had an important lesson to teach his disciples. The context of the chapter takes place one night before His death and although Jesus knew He would be betrayed and disowned by those who walked closest to Him, He still chose to love and serve them.

Peter was very confused in John 13:6-7, and after realizing what Jesus was doing he told Jesus not to wash his feet. In John 13:7, Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Because there is a lot of powerful content this chapter is hard to unpack in a blog post, but what I do want to share is this verse is still applicable to every one of us today.

The disciples didn’t know what Jesus was doing nor did they understand the purpose of their feet being cleansed. The spiritual, physical, and emotional meaning was much more important than the act itself. The same applies to what God is doing in you and through you today. While it might look like cleansing of feet, God is always doing a bigger work than what you can understand. His plans and ways are higher and there is much more going on in the Spiritual realm than your mind can comprehend.

You might not realize what the Lord is doing now, but at some point you will. He desires to partner up and work in, with, and through you. Know that you will never fully understand all of His ways, but whatever you do continue to trust that His ways are better than yours!

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16 Comments
  • Jen
    Posted at 07:27h, 14 September Reply

    Amen! Thank you for this lovely reminder, Caroline.

  • ellesees.net
    Posted at 08:23h, 14 September Reply

    i definitely don’t understand why things are they way they are right now, but I’m trusting Him!

  • Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)
    Posted at 09:45h, 14 September Reply

    So true. I know I don’t always understand, but I know some day it will all be clear.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:58h, 14 September Reply

    We hate not knowing what’s going on sometimes, even in little things… but I don’t think we could handle it all if we even TRIED to understand all that God knows. It’s probably a blessing that we are ‘kept in the dark’ for some things.

  • Heather Serra
    Posted at 10:30h, 14 September Reply

    Amen! Learning to “trust” was a concept that came to me slowly. Nothing in my life has turned out the way I thought it would- thankfully. I find myself thanking God for unanswered prayers quite often.

  • Kelly @ SoKo Blog
    Posted at 12:54h, 14 September Reply

    LOVE this passage in the Bible! We also use this passage whenever we discuss leadership qualities with folks or students – it’s the perfect example of who Jesus was and is.

  • Chicki
    Posted at 13:36h, 14 September Reply

    I really love this! It is absolutely true that we don’t understand what God is doing in our lives sometimes. That’s why it’s so important to trust hi and know that all things will work together for those that love the Lord.

  • Allie
    Posted at 14:13h, 14 September Reply

    I love this post. I remember in high school when we went to Bible camp, and one of the nights, we had a huge devotional and it was on the washing of feet and the meanings behind it. Some of the kids were even moved to pick up the bucket of water and wash the feet of their peers. It was a very emotional time and I will always remember it.

  • Carlyn Bullock
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks so much, I really enjoyed this. My life is about to change, again, so many weird things happened, each of them totally unrelated this past year. This week they all came together and the whole picture was revealed. Now I know – He did it all – and I am sooo excited!

    Blessings, Carlyn :-0

  • Jojo
    Posted at 21:29h, 14 September Reply

    Yes yes yes! I love this. We just have to believe that everything that happens or doesn’t is all part of his plan.

  • Brandy
    Posted at 22:52h, 14 September Reply

    amen! So much truth here! God is always doing something bigger than what our eyes can see. Sometimes I’ll get a glimpse of pieces coming together and I feel overwhelmed with awe. I know that in those moments I’m still only seeing a tiny fraction of what He’s up to!

  • Cindy Hasko
    Posted at 00:39h, 15 September Reply

    So perfect, true and beautiful. God is always there, always fighting and working for us, no matter what we go through.

  • Tania // Run to Radiance
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 September Reply

    Caroline, you have such a gift with words girl! You are so good at taking these deep theological concepts and breaking it down. Your blog is such a joy!

  • Síochána Arandomhan
    Posted at 23:14h, 15 September Reply

    I like the quote and your analysis. I worry a lot about not fully understanding what is going on/will happen, so it’s nice to be reminded that it’s OK not to grasp everything all at once. Our human minds can only do so much.

  • Victor S E Moubarak
    Posted at 06:31h, 16 September Reply

    Thank you.

    God bless.

  • Grace
    Posted at 07:32h, 16 September Reply

    So good! God doesn’t require us to understand but to obey. I sometimes think it would be so much easier if I’d just know why and what He is doing. Reminds me of these words of a song: “God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind. So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand- Trust His heart.”

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