The Futility of Our Ways

Have you ever seen a puzzle picture seem to come together before your very eyes? The picture I am seeing isn’t fully formed yet, but the image is beginning to appear, and the reality of that picture leaves me kneeling in awe. Sometimes a part of it seems clearer and sometimes a part is a little hazy, but the image as a whole is forming, nonetheless. And I am amazed at my own shortsightedness.

John 14 is one of the most profound and beautiful utterances that Jesus ever said. Take the time to read it, listen to Jesus’ words yet once again. It’s all right there. God’s love for us. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Way, the Truth and the Life. J e s u s.

Imagine if you will, an ordinary man saying these words. Imagine if you will, an ordinary man even formulating these words in his mind to say to others. But Jesus is no ordinary man and these words that He spoke are no ordinary words, nor did they come solely from Himself. These words come from God our Father and Jesus His Son, conveyed them to us (John 14:24). How many times have I read them? How many times did I not comprehend? 

We picture ourselves as the biggest boulder on the beach, yet we are not the biggest boulder, we are but one small grain of sand, on a very, very, big beach. Our universe focuses on ourselves and how everything relates to us. Notice me, hear me, respect me, honour me. The list goes on and on. And of course, that is where the word “futility” comes into play, that the vast majority of us, at some point in our lives, have difficulty comprehending. It’s not about us. It’s never been about us. We are not our own source. It’s about God our Creator. He is our source. That verse in Isaiah 55:8 NASB that reads: ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.”, comes to mind. We, in and of ourselves, are not on the same song sheet that God is. We’re looking at ourselves, when in truth, we should be looking to God. 

Interestingly enough, Jesus does ask us to earnestly look at Him. A few short years ago, as I was reading the Gospel of Matthew, yet once again, I came across Matthew 11:25-30. That is the Scripture where Jesus tells us to “learn from Me“. What does that mean? It’s not a difficult statement that Jesus puts before us to comprehend. It means, look at how I interacted with the Father, look at how I honoured the Father, look at how I followed the Father’s will, look at what I fed on, look at literally everything that I do and say and see how it falls into line with how I love and obey my Father’s will. 

Can you imagine putting yourself under the same scrutiny? Even as a Christian, most of us would have a very hard time continually living up to that standard, 24/7. Yet Jesus, invites us to do exactly that with Him.

Remember that picture I told you was slowly forming in the back of my mind? The strangest thing happens when you keep this focus in the back of your mind and thoughts, as you read through the Gospels. It changes everything, it takes what Jesus says and does to a whole new level. It opens up a reality that transcends this reality that we see and move in, and it opens us up to the Kingdom of God, here within us, connected to Jesus. The words that Jesus speaks take on even greater depth, greater reliance, greater truth, greater peace.

Bear in mind that the picture I see is NOT fully formed, but I do see it. There were far too many years when I did not see it. 

I will close with Matthew 11:28-30 NASB which reads as follows: ““Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”

Weary, burdened, rest. Gentle, humble, rest. Yoke, comfortable, light. 

The yoke that Jesus asks us to take on ourselves is to trust and rely in Him, in all that we say, in all that we do, in gentleness and humility. And we will never realize this reality until we do exactly that. And sometimes, sometimes, this truth alone, takes a lifetime to learn. Jesus is indeed, the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

11 comments

  1. I love the picture you paint of us and God on different song sheets. We play on when His score shows a full rest. We are on 3/4 time when are 4/4 and we are playing our crescendo when His symphony is written with a quiet pastoral movement. I am staring at puzzle pieces here as well and appreciate your lesson.

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  2. “Learn from me” Those words can almost get overlooked the verse is so meaty. “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”

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