May 22 Now This Explains It
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.” John 17:21
If you are going through a solitary way, read John 17, it will explain
exactly why you are where you are – Jesus has prayed that you may be one with
the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or have you
some other end for your life? Since you became a disciple you cannot be as
independent as you used to be.
The purpose of God is not to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we
come to discern the mind of God, and this is revealed in John 17. There is one
prayer God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus – “that they may be
one, even as We are One.” Are we as close to Jesus Christ as that?
God is not concerned about our plans; He does not say – Do you want to
go through this bereavement, this upset? He allows these things for His own
purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better,
nobler men and women; or they are making us more captious and fault-finding,
more insistent upon our own way. The things that happen either make us fiends,
or they make us saints; it depends entirely upon the relationship we are in to
God. If we say – “Thy will be done,” we get the consolation of John 17, the consolation
of knowing that our Father is working according to His own wisdom. When we
understand what God is after we will not get mean and cynical. Jesus has prayed
nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself as He was one with the
Father. Some of us are far off it, and yet God will not leave us alone until we
are one with Him, because Jesus has prayed that we may be.