Luke 18:34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.
The disciple’s dilemma was trying to align the things of God with the way of the world. Man is foolishly inclined to predetermine the outcome. In our effort to please our Lord we often neglect the things that bring Him the most pleasure. When we primarily focus upon the perceived outcome or imagined result we risk missing the glorious process. If we are so devoted to ‘getting-it-done’ we may never realize the eternal work He is doing in us. The more we fuss-about what is going on around us the less we are able to embrace what the Holy Spirit is doing in us. We must abandon preconceived ideas and imaginations about how things should be and humbly trust what our sovereign Lord will determine how He wants them to be. We are not called to control events around us, but to learn and grow in our faith and understanding of the ‘ways’ of our Lord. God’s purpose for my life is directed and controlled by my Lord; not my rational understanding. For purpose to be developed it must be tried and tested in the fires or faith. Purpose will come to the one who absolutely trusts in the eternal sovereignty of our Lord.
Read through the Bible in one year – May 12/ John 3:1-18; 2 Kings 15,16