STAY ON THE WAY

| Thursday 14th April, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By Mike Wittmer

Read: John 14:1–7 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 25–26; Luke 12:32–59

Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? John 14:5

Dusk fell as I followed Li Bao along the tops of terraced walls cut into the mountains of central China. I had never been this way before, and I couldn’t see more than one step ahead or how steep the ground dropped off to our left. I gulped and stuck close to Li. I didn’t know where we were going or how long it would take, but I trusted my friend.

I was in the same position as Thomas, the disciple who always seemed to need reassurance. Jesus told His disciples that He must leave to prepare a place for them and that they knew “the way to the place where [He was] going” (John 14:4). Thomas asked a logical follow-up question: “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (v. 5).

Jesus didn’t quench Thomas’s doubt by explaining where He was taking them. He simply assured His disciple that He was the way there. And that was enough.

We too have questions about our future. None of us know the details of what lies ahead. Life is full of twists we don’t see coming. That’s okay. It’s enough to know Jesus, who is “the way and the truth and the life” (v. 6).

Jesus knows what’s next. He only asks that we walk close to Him.

Read: John 14:1–7 (NIV) 

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

INSIGHT

  1. What’s your biggest fear about your future?

  2. Why is it enough to follow Jesus into that future?

PRAYER

Father, help us see that the journey is the destination, and the way is Your Son. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!!

Read: John 14:1–7 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 25–26; Luke 12:32–59

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