‘Later you will understand’ (John 13:7)
We are often at a loss to account for many things in our feelings, in our circumstances, and in the Lord’s dealings with us; but what we do not know now, we shall know one day.
This is our Saviour’s promise; let us take comfort from it, and expect its fulfilment to our perfect satisfaction by-and-bye. We shall know some things before the coming of our Lord, and we shall know all things afterwards. Every difficulty will then be cleared up.
Let us therefore be patient and wait for the Lord’s time; the coming of our Lord draws near. Let us silently submit to God the Father’s will, for then we shall see that it was wise and kind. Let us acknowledge the right of God to conceal the causes of His working, until He has fully accomplished His designs.
Let us praise Him for all that is past, and trust Him for all that is to come. “Now we see through a glass darkly, but we shall soon see Him face to face; now we know in part, but then we shall know even as we also are known.” May the Lord direct our hearts into His love, and into the patient waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus, we own Thy sovereign hand,
Thy faithful care we own;
Wisdom and love are all Thy ways,
When most to us unknown;
To Thee we cheerfully resign
For Thou art ours, and we are Thine.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘I would sympathise with him in his views of Jesus – in his love to the saints – in his pity for sinners, and in his joy in the conversion of rebels to God. May I live under the sense of his presence, honour him in all my ministrations, and be honoured by him both in preaching and writing’.