“Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.” John 7:30
We see in this chapter Jesus deciding to not attend the Feast of Tabernacles for the first half of the week. This festival lasted for about a week and was symbolic to when the Israelites wandered around in the desert sleeping in tents. So why didn’t Jesus attend the first few days? We can’t say for sure, but knowing that Jesus is God, He probably had a perfectly good reason.
For the second half of the festival, Jesus attends and begins preaching in the temple. We already know the religious leaders have it out for Him, and their desire is getting stronger and stronger. The more Jesus reveals Himself as God, the more they want to destroy Him. (A little dark and twisted, don’t you think?)
As Jesus spoke the truth, the Jewish leaders “…sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.” This week’s key verse is twofold: God is in control and His timing is perfect. God was preventing the leaders to take action on Jesus because there was still more work to be done before He could be truly glorified by conquering death. What kind of work needed to be done? My educated guess would be that there were still more broken hearts that needed Jesus’ love; more broken bodies that needed Jesus’ touch; more broken minds that needed Jesus’ truth. His hour had not yet come.
When our lives are fully submitted to God’s will, we can rest knowing that everything that happens to us is “Father-filtered”. When I watch fellow believers suffering in devastating, heart-wrenching trials, it is hard to comprehend how and why these trials are happening. But, I’ve also seen God work in huge and unimaginable ways because of that very trial. We can also cling to God’s word knowing that there are countless examples of God working out good what men had intended for evil (Genesis 50:20). We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control what comes through us.
The second part of this verse is this: God’s timing is always on time. When we look at our present circumstances through a human lens, they can look like complete dead ends. However, even when we can’t see it or feel it, God is still moving (Isaiah 55:8). His timing rarely mirrors the timetable we have conjured up in our heads. We want what we want and we want it now. But, praise the Lord for knowing exactly what our fickle and fleeing hearts need in order to grow in our faith.
There is this juxtaposition of understanding who God is and understanding the sinful world we live in. Because of this fallen world, bad things will happen. Because of our good and gracious God, we are able to claim victory over these trials. Personally, I have grown quite a bit in the past month because of certain circumstances. I have no clue what is in store for the future, which can be both exhilarating and frightening. But with a reminder from this past weekend of how much our God loves us, we can rest and know that He first has to do something in us in order to do something for us.
be free. xoxo