Today I was wondering what it would be like if I could understand God… I realized that if I could, I might take Him for granted or the faith factor might be taken out, but then I just kept coming back to the idea that life would be so much simpler if I really could understand him. I wouldn’t have to worry about the future or worry if I’m making the wrong turns in my everyday life. Life would be so… in control.
But then God spoke to me and said that it’s not as if we don’t know anything about Him… He tells us plenty about Himself in the bible. What He has given us is what we need to know, the rest is a mystery to us, but that is where faith comes in. If we believe in what He tells us, shouldn’t we also believe in everything still yet unsaid? The fact is, we cannot understand the totality of who God is and how He functions, for we hardly even understand ourselves.
John 1:1 says,” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word is Jesus, and He came down to Earth to redeem mankind. When the time is right, God the Father will speak the Word into being once again, and Jesus will walk the Earth another time. But do we know when? How? Where? No. I mean, we have hints… But not exact figures. And that’s sort of what life is- a bunch of hints where in the inbetween we simply have to live by faith. If you try to figure out every single detail, then surely you will fail, because that is not the point. The point is that faith will set you free. Jesus said to the sinful women, “Your faith has saved you, go in peace.”
Through faith we realize that it is perfectly OK not to understand God. We begin to enjoy walking alongside Him and depending on Him completely. Giving the control over to Him. Have you ever found that the more you try to control something, the more unstable life becomes? Gosh why does life have to be so unpredictable?? It’s a good thing God knows everything though. It’s a good thing we don’t understand God. He wants to pull us in close, and comfort us, celebrate with us, discipline us. He wants to be the one we rely on one day at a time, for a relationship is a one day at a time kind of thing. A husband does not propose to his wife, get married, then tell her, “Ok, let’s live separately, but once a week let’s go on a nice date!” No, he loves her all the time, every second of the day. One day at a time.
What is something in your life that you don’t understand? A situation, a relationship, a health problem? Turn to God, turn to His word. Perhaps He will give you a hint. In the meantime, live by faith. For God is good and His love endures forever.
Oswald Chambers said, “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”