“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7).


We must never lose sight of the Lord’s presence with us and His loving heart (Psalm 23:4).

As Jesus began washing His disciples’ feet, He came to Peter who pridefully asked Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?”  Jesus said to Peter, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7).

Sometimes our way is so dark that we have to wait before we can even hope.  We must not allow that empty space in our heart to be filled with anything but God Himself.  That’s the patience that Abraham had on the way to Mount Moriah, Job had in the midst of his many trials, and Jesus had in the Garden of Gethsemane—patience that waits for hope.  And hope does not disappoint.

Patient faith is sustained hope even when things look rather hopeless.  George Matheson said, “I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope.”

We have an incomplete view of when our great God has set for accomplishing His purpose and perfect plan for us.  We may grow weary in the process, but the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

God says in Malachi 3:10, “Test me in this … and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  Although He is clearly speaking of the tithe, I believe He invites us to trust Him in every area of our lives.  We often ask for a cupful and seem to forget the ocean depths at His disposal.  O, how He wants to bless us and reward our faith!

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

Comfort and hope are given in the depth of our being, not when we are lighthearted and cheerful, but when we pass through the valleys—when we experience the deepest darkness. “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for hope is in Him” (Psalm 62:5 ESV).

Well He knows that affliction is needed;

He has a wise purpose in view,

And in the dark valley He whispers,

“Soon you’ll understand what I do.”


As we travel through life’s shadowed valley,

Fresh springs of His love ever rise;

And we learn that our sorrows and losses,

Are blessings just sent in disguise.


So we’ll follow wherever He leads us,

Let the path be dreary or bright;

For we’ve proved that our God can give comfort;

Our God can give songs in the night. –from Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman


  1. Ruby,

    Thank you for reminding me that I must be patient and wait for the hope God will give me. I tend to forget how bountifully God has blessed me in the past and how He has amazingly brought me through trials. I’m glad to know that the joy of the Lord is my strength. I could not go through difficult times without that.

    Thank you so much for blessing me through the words of your devotions, as you draw from God’s Word to teach me and encourage me.

    1. Helen, I’m blessed to know these devotions are a blessing to you!

      I was overjoyed when the Lord showed me that verse (John 13:7). So I just knew I had to write a devotion on it!

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