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16 “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me,  because I go to the Father.”

17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”

19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and  lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing.”

As humans, it’s natural that we ask questions.  It is totally within our realm of action to wonder if our experience is in need of further thought.  And that is also a tell-tale sign of where we are in our Christian walk.

We understand and say that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present in all places, and yet when a situation crosses our path, we hold to that tendency of questioning.  We can easily proclaim that Satan will never bring to our minds something that would help or assist others or ourselves, and yet we question those things.  Does God really want me to say that to that person?  Should I feel like I should help that person …today?  God, do you really want me to give that in the offering today?  I can pray for that need later when I have more time or when I am finished working…etc, etc, etc

But an encounter with the resurrection life of Jesus Christ will bring us to a place of total surrender and security and trust in God.  We won’t have questions that God will have to answer for us when we see Him.  We won’t sit back and rationalize what is happening, we will just trust that God has all things in His control.

What happens when we begin to question God, and even hold onto those questions as requirements for God to fulfill one day, is that we allows things to block up our relationship.  We start to doubt that God has it all handled properly.  And then we begin acting within ourselves and our intellect sees fit.

Jesus said in those days you will ask me nothing.  The disciples said at the end of this reading that they now understood because what Jesus was saying was coming across clearly.  When we come to a place where we really believe God is in control, questions will fade away.  Sure, there will be times when we don’t understand.  But the fact will be that though we don’t understand, we will have full assurance that God does.  Sometimes a parent doesn’t give all the details, they only reply, “Because I said so.”  There may be dozens of reasons why a parent says yes or no, but sometimes it is not advantageous for him to explain himself.  Think about how much infinitely more God knows and understands and sees into our future.  He is like the ultimate chess player.  God knows every move before they take place, has considered every countermove, and works towards the means that He sees appropriate.

When we walk in the resurrection life of Jesus Christ, our trust in God’s directives will come natural.  We won’t have questions.  We won’t allow anything to come between us and our Father.  No doubt.  No fear.  No trust in self.  We will walk in total surrender to His will.  No questions asked.

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