If You Know, You Know

April 1, 2022

“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?”

John 14:5

Written by Sarah Caskey from the Lockeland Springs Campus

Navigator Needed

One of the most frustrating experiences in the world is to be in the driver’s seat without knowing where you’re actually going. Maybe you’re coming up on the destination—one you’ve never been to before—and you’re unsure about the parking situation or where exactly the entrance is. Or maybe you’re still on the road, but you’re relying heavily on the directions of someone else in the car who’s doing a poor job of communicating what lane you should be in or where the next turn is.

Either way, most of us can relate to this experience of being behind the wheel, yet not having enough information to feel like you’re actually in control of the situation. They say that if you know, you know…but what if you just don’t know?

The Answer is Simple

The disciples’ relationship with Jesus seems all too relatable in this passage. They’ve walked alongside the Messiah for years, listening to His words and understanding them as best they can. But now, He’s saying that He’s leaving. And they don’t know where He’s going or even why He feels the need to leave. So, everything is grief. And everything is confusion. And nothing really seems fair to them as they seek to follow the Father so faithfully.

We can sometimes feel that way, too. About Him. And about ourselves. And about our careers and families and finances and health. Like Thomas wondered aloud, we also feel the need to ask, “But Jesus, HOW? How can we even know the way?” We have decisions to make and turns to take and people to serve. And we aren’t quite sure how to best accomplish any of the weighty tasks entrusted to us. But Christ’s frustratingly simple answer to His disciples is the very same one we must heed for ourselves today.

The Way Made Known

If Jesus had only replied back to Thomas, “I am the way,” that would have been enough.

Just like the disciples, we also have our confusion, hesitations, and reasons to want to give up the faith we’ve held so tightly to for so long. But just like the rest of the 11 disciples, we keep following. And we keep trusting His character, though we can’t quite chart the course. Because He’s not the lazy direction-giver in the passenger seat withholding pertinent information—He is the way, He is the truth, and He is still the life. And when you know “the way” Himself, you know just enough to take that next step in faith.

So, if you know Jesus, you know enough. Let your assurance remain in the steadfastness of the Father who loves you and cares for you amidst the madness, puzzlement, and grief. You’re not left to your own devices; the One who created it all is actively orchestrating your peace in this great big puzzle…and if you know, you know.

Now What?

Consider the areas of your life where you might be the clueless driver behind the wheel. Ask the Lord to reveal how you can honor Him with open hands as you continue steering and stewarding your life faithfully. Ask Him to remind you of all the ways that He is in control and to remind you of the ways that He is loving and guiding you still—even here and even now.

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