If any man ever lived with hindsight looking forward, it was Jesus.
And they say hindsight is 20/20. Jesus, though He knew everything as it had to be accomplished, lived with perfect vision in the present. Is it possible that His disciples can do the same? In practice, no—but in principle, perhaps.
In the circumstance where Jesus predicts and allows events to unfold contrary to common wisdom, not acting in a way to prevent Lazarus’ death, Jesus uses the event for His glory and the disciples’ good.
The sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Hearing this news, Jesus stays two days longer at his current location. He knew his staying there and not healing Lazarus, as his sisters, He himself, and the twelve knew, would lead to his salvation. This was in the realm of the possible. It had been done before, it could be done again. But he stayed.
After two days, He prompts them to return but they are hesitant because of the Jews there. He gives the occasion for his visit: to wake Lazarus. When they don’t get it, He speaks plainly: to wake Lazarus from the dead.
“Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
In the midst of the pain and confusion, Jesus speaks Truth into the situation.
So is it possible that disciples of Jesus can always know how events can unfold? No.
But can we walk holding onto the knowledge that Jesus works for His glory and our good in every painful situation? Yes. This is the end game of every event in our lives.
In my life, God is working for His glory and my best possible outcome. I can hold fast to this fact even when in the Darkness.
If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.