Faith always answers hardest questions

By Ronald O. Green
Nov. 17, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.

Jesus answered and said unto him, "What I do thou knowest not now: but thou shalt know hereafter," John 13:7.

After watching a televised portion of the mass shooting Nov. 5 at Sutherland Springs, I thought about the circumstances surrounding the passage of John 13:7, which included the washing of the feet of the disciples by Jesus. One could imagine that Jesus had to much to say to His disciples during this time. Surely, He seemed to understand that these men were distracted and preoccupied. Rather than offer words, which probably would not be heard, Jesus performed an act which was laden with significance.

Scripture indicates that He got up from the meal, girded Himself with a towel and began to wash the disciples feet. The disciples found themselves in circumstances they did not understand. Things were happening all around them in which they had seemed to have little control.

Jesus' comment to Peter embraced the entire mood and setting when He said, "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shall know hereafter."

This passage of Scripture has a lot to do with the incident at Sutherland Springs. The atrocity that occurred Nov. 5 reveals many things happen to us in life that we do not understand. We find few answers.

Often in life, we must be content to live in the midst of mystery. Things come upon us that do not look like love. From where we are, these things make no sense at all.

We may find ourselves having to face one of life's most difficult challenges by learning to trust God in the "dark" to accept His ordering of our lives while remaining quiet in the process.

Just as Jesus knew the confusion of His disciples, He understands our emotions as well.

In that hour Nov. 5, there was a question that came again and again to our minds. The question was summed in the word: why?

Out of the anguish of Calvary came the words "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" In all of the Holy Scriptures there is no verse more difficult to explain. Jesus was never closer to a suffering heart than at the moment of His outcry. Yet the final word from the cross may be our words as well. "Father into Thy hands I commend my spirit."

This is what we are called upon to do these days, especially in this hour. In the midst of mystery the only option makes sense is to commend our souls to the One who stands above all and beyond all mysteries. God Bless America.

The Rev. Ronald O. Green is a retired area minister.



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