Friday, October 2 John 20:30-31

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31

All of us older than the Internet age can remember trudging over to the library, combing through the card catalogue, wandering the stacks, looking for just the quote or piece of (otherwise) useless information to include in a term paper. Maybe just a few titles to flesh out the bibliography or a few gems to cement an article.

Today, without hesitation, we open up the browser and run a quick Google search and we’re there.

Isn’t it odd, living in the INFORMATION AGE, how little we really know? Nothing is worse that standing in line, finally making it to the front, to hear those dreaded words, “Oh, oh, the system in down.” Suddenly, the person behind the keyboard doesn’t know anything at all and is seemingly incapable of doing anything other than calling someone on the phone who may or may not answer.

We know so much but we can’t figure out how to fix the health care delivery system, what to do next in foreign wars, or how to climb our way out of a recession. Not to mention the best way to parent the teenagers living in our own home.

We know so much. But we don’t know everything. John tells us that we know enough.

Jesus did many other things not recorded in his book – but John has told us enough that we might come to believe, and that believing, we might have life in his name.

We don’t know everything but we know enough.

We know enough to know that life is short and we only get one chance. Jesus stands before us promising us an abundant life that begins now and is brought to its fullness at the end.

We know enough to know that, no matter the chances and changes of life, Jesus has promised never to leave or abandon us.

We know enough to know that, though human divisions will constantly seek to tear at the fabric of life, following Jesus means we hopscotch those divisions, engage in hospitality to the stranger, meet the woman at the well, stop for the blind, the lame and the broken.

We know enough to know that, though many voices clamor for our attention, many of those voices belong to thieves and robbers and guide us down wide paths that lead to destruction and brokenness. But in their midst comes the voice of the One who knows our name, who sends the Advocate who whispers into our lives and guides us to the truth.

Eleven frightened men, huddled behind locked doors, are greeted by words of peace, softly spoken by the one who has taught them of a life worth living.

We don’t know everything. But we know enough. Others don’t – they might know Google but they don’t know the God who can bring them life that is really life.

Get out from behind those locked doors and bring what and Who you know to them!

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, come to us when we are frightened and give us peace. Come to us when we are confused and give us direction. Come to us when we are lost, that we might be found in your life. Come to us behind the locked doors of our lives and set us free to be your own, signs ourselves of your gracious kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Friday, October 2 John 20:30-31”

  1. Billie Garcia Says:

    Great devotion!!!!

  2. Gloria Rockhold Says:

    Very insightful and on target! Yes, I remember those weary days, combing the library for just that perfect little touch. Now we have so much at our fingertips. Let us not forget that we are God’s children. He is ours and we are His. That is all we need to know.

    Thanks.

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