I have had the privilege of knowing Jon Bloom for many years now. He is one of the most humble, soft-spoken, hard-working, thoughtful lovers of Jesus that I know. He is one of those guys that finds a way to bless you in just a two-minute interchange, as he did this year for Susan and I at the DG National Conference.
Jon wrote a stunning post today over at the Desiring God blog. Much of the post is a wonderful re-telling of the story in John 13:1-11, which Jon does so well with Scripture over at the DG Blog. But then he provides some incredibly insightful application of the story to our lives. Here is his conclusion:
First, much of the Christian life is spent trusting Jesus now and understanding him later. Jesus typically does not feel it necessary to explain on the front end why he is doing something the way he is doing it. And, like Peter, when it looks wrong to us, we are tempted to object to the Lord’s will…….
Second, what Jesus is bringing about in the sometimes confusing, sometimes very painful work he is doing in our lives is sanctification. He is washing our feet. He not only bathes us, completely removing the guilt of our sin in his cleansing work on the cross, but in love he keeps forgiving us (1 John 1:9) and disciplines us so that we will share his holiness (Hebrews 12:10-11).
And here is the life-changing sentence that I will meditate on for days to come:
Our understanding [God’s] purposes in a particular providence tends to be not as important to God as our trust in his character.
Yes! How helpful to be instructed that our deep, frequent yearnings to know the reason “why” is not primary. Rather, that our circumstances are another opportunity to rest in GOD himself. Amen Jon!
Please go and read the whole thing.
I promise you, you will be glad you did.