For the last week or so I’ve been thinking about some of the “then you will know” moments in Scripture. Those words, strung together, tend to fill my heart with joy. Here are a few of my favorite “then you will know” moments:
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God. Prov 2: 1-5
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. Ex 6:7
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. John 8:28
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. Zechariah 4:9
You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Isaiah 60:16
Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed. Joel 2:27
Whenever I read “then you will know” it tends to evoke the same sort of hope inside me as the words “Yet” and “But”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
But I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habukkuk 3:18
You may notice, as I did, that many of the most famous then you will know, yet, and but accounts are ushered in first by pain and suffering.
So often pain seems to be the prerequisite for knowing.
Pain also seems to be the pathway to growth, to life, and to healing.
I know this not only because Scripture points down this path over and over again…but also because I’ve experienced this route in my own life. Pain has led to healing and to a deeper assurance that this God that I love can be trusted.
In three separate books I’ve been reading this month the authors have mentioned the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. Other than the death and resurrection of Christ, this has got to be one of the biggest “then you will know” moments in Scripture. Lazarus is dying and his sisters, Martha and Mary, go to find Jesus. Jesus delays the healing so that His glory will be revealed through this against all odds circumstance.
We even see the word “yet” working its way into this “then you will know” moment. “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days.” We have the privilege of knowing the rest of this story but, on the surface, that “yet” must have prompted feelings of uncertainty and questions from everyone involved.
Why would Jesus delay?
Yet, when we read the whole story, we understand His actions…
then. you. will. know.
Having certainty in our soul when we’re walking through uncertainty? Having assurance that God is still God when darkness swallows us up? It’s a precious gift, really.
This morning the words from Hebrew 6: 8-20 came to mind. “We have this hope as an anchor for our soul.”
I love how the Message translates it “We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God…” where Jesus is.
After I wrote these word this morning, I briefly stopped to drive my son to school. As we were pulling out of our driveway the song “How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin was playing on the radio.
“How great is our God, sing with me
how great is our God…and all will see
how great, how great is our God”
Then you will know!