BE WATCHFUL                                                                              
                                                                                                                                              1 Corinthians 16:13
                 STAND  FIRM  in the FAITH

                      BE MEN of COURAGE

                               BE STRONG

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God’s Direction When My Route Is Unfamiliar


Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”John 14:5


After three years of traveling with the Twelve, teaching and befriending them, Jesus announces he will soon leave them (John 14). The familiar suddenly became quite unfamiliar.


Who could blame the disciples if they had deep concerns? Unable to see the big picture, Jesus’ friends didn’t understand that he had to suffer, die, and rise to win their salvation—and ours.


Still, the Savior asked his disciples to move from uncertainty to trust. He said he would leave them for a while in order to prepare a place for them, but that he would return to take them to himself. That’s when Thomas spoke up:


“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:5–6


Even then, the disciples’ understanding was foggy. Only the coming of the Holy Spirit would clear up their confusion. That same Spirit is at work in us, too. He assures us we can trust our Lord, even when our path ahead is unclear. The cross proves it.


Prayer: Jesus, it’s easier to remain troubled than to trust. While I have reason for concern, I have need of you. Teach me to trust even when I do not clearly see the path ahead. Amen.


This devotion has been adapted from one that first appeared in CTA’s devotion book for men entitled God’s Direction Is Always Best. You are welcome to copy it for one-time use in your organization as long as you will receive no monetary benefit from it. Please include the copyright line printed below.


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