March 28 Isn’t There Some Misunderstanding?
“Let us go into Judea. His disciples say unto Him .
. . Goest Thou thither again?” John 11:7-8
I may not
understand what Jesus Christ says, but it is dangerous to say that therefore He
was mistaken in what He said. It is never right to think that my obedience to a
word of God will bring dishonour to Jesus. The only thing that will bring
dishonour is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honour in place of what He
is plainly impelling me to do is never right, although it may arise from a real
desire to prevent Him being put to open shame. I know when the proposition
comes from God because of its quiet persistence: When I have to weigh the pros
and cons, and doubt and debate come in, I am bringing in an element that is not
of God, and I come to the conclusion that the suggestion was not a right one.
Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are
loyal to Him? Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see
anything （cf. Matt. 14:29）; loyalty to my notions means that I clear
the ground first by my intelligence. Faith is not intelligent understanding,
faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.
Are you debating
whether to take a step in faith in Jesus or to wait until you can see how to do
the thing yourself? Obey Him with glad reckless joy. When He says something and
you begin to debate, it is because you have a conception of His honour which is
not His honour. Are you loyal to Jesus or loyal to your notion of Him? Are you
loyal to what He says, or are you trying to compromise with conceptions which
never came from Him? “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.”