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It Doesn’t Make Sense until It Does

I know that title seems like a no-brainer, but hear me out.

One day reading this scripture, I had a light-bulb-over-the-head moment,

These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.  –John 12:16

Jesus had ridden through Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt while people praised and shouted. It had all been prophesied to happen, but they didn’t understand. The key to unlocking the mystery? When Jesus was glorified.

How often do you try so very hard to understand the circumstances of life, what going on in the world, how it’s all going to work, how it will ultimately affect you–the list goes on. Then there are things you are simply apart of and don’t realize the significance until much later.

Sometimes you can easily prioritize understanding everything in your life over actually living.

As Christians, again, the key to understanding is when Jesus is glorified. He is working. He is living His life in and through us. He is moving all around us, being faithful and good.

I speak as one who at times has been addicted to trying to understand. I have, on occasion, come up with far flung scenarios of what God must be up to at a given point in my life or my family.

It’s like trying to look at a painting and describe it while in almost complete darkness. You make a lot of assumptions about what’s there and what it all means, but until someone flips the switch and the light comes on, it’s just not clear.


The great news is, it will become clear!

Dark seasons, light seasons, joyous times, terrible times… He’s there and you don’t have to understand it all. Your life was meant to glorify Jesus. Your circumstances will glorify Jesus.

Understanding may elude you for a time, but not forever. Just remember that all of your life, all of history, and all of creation is hurtling over and over again to seeing Jesus glorified. However senseless, tragic or even mundane it seems now, you’ll understand He’s fulfilling His word and revealing His truth.

Keep moving. Keep living. It’ll all make sense in the light of His glory.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you try to understand everything or are you more apt to trust Him and keep moving?


  1. I’m with you, Jason. Trying to discern the sovereign mind and actions of God is futile with our finite minds. It’s usually in hindsight to see His master plan at work in and for our lives. It’s a call to faith. A needed reminder.

    • There are many things I see in hindsight now, but I know there are tons of other things He’ll explain to me later that will blow me away. Incredible to think about! Faith and trust, that’s it. Thanks so much, Floyd.

  2. I also struggle with needing to understand. I’m an emotional person, but I also strive to process my emotions in an analytical fashion. And if I can’t figure out why I’m feeling a certain way, or if I can’t understand why things are happening a certain way, I will indeed work hard to make sense of it all. Sometimes there is no *sense* -- and that is when I am most challenged to trust God. I’m chagrined to admit that it’s sometimes my last conclusion, instead of my first response.

    It’s no wonder that God has given me Proverbs 3:5-6 as my *life verses*!!


    • Oh yes! I look for patterns. I want to make sense of it, but my conclusions can be so far off when I’m thinking with the natural senses and mind. And that’s a great verse for your life (and all of ours). 🙂 Thank you, Sharon!

  3. Maybe it’s the writer in me, but I’m always looking for connections in what I’m seeing/doing/feeling now to God’s purpose and will for me. I’m sure there are many, in my human frailty, that I miss. The ones that I do see don’t always make sense at the time, but I’m always convicted by them that God is at work in me and in the world.
    I just pray that all I do in this world glorifies God!
    Blessings, Jason!
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    • Amen. He always gets the glory, no matter how circuitous the route may be! Blessings to you too and thank you, Martha.

  4. Your circumstances will glorify Jesus. So true Jason. I tell the ladies in the bible study I teach I cannot take them any farther then I have come. It’s a great lift off my heart to be able to say to some questions ask, I don’t know. But what I know, I know because the knowledge came through trials and suffering and years of trusting like a child. And I still come like a child when I cannot get a truth to turn out the way. God reminds me it will come, just give me time to unveil it to you, there is a trial coming that might explain a little more of me. Good post Jason, really good.

    • I’ve always been amazed that if we never experience pain, we wouldn’t know Him as the Comforter. If we never experienced brokenness, we wouldn’t know Him as the Restorer. Every trial contains within it the opportunity to reveal our magnificent God. Thanks for all you do to point to Him, Betty! Blessings to you.

      • I may have to use part of your comment Jason…good stuff..

        • I appreciate that, Betty! 🙂

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