No Where To Lay My Head

“Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:58).

I find myself frequently seeking to nestle down in life – settle in, “find my place”. The human heart so desperately longs for something greater than this world can offer. And that longing makes itself known in various ways. It often looks different in people because we are all so unique and sin is so rampant. We all – believer or not, long for comfort and will go to great lengths to achieve it. For some, the search for comfort ends in a devastating addiction. For others, kingdoms and luxury become a normal they find they cannot live without. And even for others, many of whom I watch out my window everyday, poverty and the “way of the streets” has become a weird sort of comfort because it’s what they know, and so it is “home” to them.

For me, I like to know how all of the details in my life are going to fall into place – good or bad, I like to be “prepared” because it brings a sort of comfort to me. Or so I think. Our hearts are so deceitful. So much so, in fact, that we may have to think twice when we look at God’s Word that puts it plain and clear:

“Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:58).

Wait. That says the Son of Man, not me right? But then Luke 9:23 tells us that “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” So if this is true, than clearly if we esteem Christ as Lord in our lives, we will follow Him to the “nowhere to lay his head.” Jesus walked this earth without one place to call “home.” He was constantly travelling until He would reach His final destination to DIE, so that we might live.

Can you bear uncertainty? Can you bear not knowing how God is going to provide for your most urgent needs and still trust that he will?

It is a question that Jesus wants all of his disciples to wrestle with. There are simply going to be times when we don’t know where the provision is going to come from. Circumstances will look precarious, sometimes foreboding and threatening. Plans are going to fall through. People are going to disappoint us. They may reject or misunderstand our mission. If these things happened to Jesus, we should not be surprised when they happen to us. And we are not to become angry when they do. Note that Jesus rebuked James and John for their response (Luke 9:55).

Jesus does not want us to be governed by fear at such times. He wants us governed by faith. The reason is that the uncertainty is only apparent uncertainty. Our future and our provision and our ultimate triumph are certain to God. He has all the foreknowledge, power, resources, and desire to turn everything for good for those who love him and are called by him (Romans 8:28).

Apparently uncertain seasons are usually the most powerful God moments we experience. They often put God on display more than other seasons, demonstrating that God exists and rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

So if you are in one of those seasons, take heart. You are likely experiencing what it means to have a God “who acts for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).

-Quote in italics by Jon Bloom