in all your ways acknowledge him,
and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV
Life is full of things I do not understand…why bread with jelly hits the floor jelly-side down…what actually happens in a cocoon that turns a caterpillar into a butterfly…how homely guys end up with beautiful wives (my wife will not tell me!). I cannot understand why people do not get along any better than they do, nor can I figure out why special, loving people seem to die young while mean, cranky people seem to live forever!
What do you do when you do not understand something? Sometimes I think about the fact that I do not even understand why I do what I do, so it is not unreasonable that I sometimes cannot understand why God does what He does. The fact is, there is much in life, much about God Himself, much about eternity, that I will never understand. The question I need to ask is, how much understanding does it take for me to trust God.
Leaning on our own understanding and on human wisdom instead of trusting the Lord leads to a lifetime of frustration and confusion instead of contentment and joy. God alone is the sole source of all understanding. What a freedom we find when we put aside our demands to understand everything and relax in the knowledge that because He does, we don’t have to.
Asking Him for understanding is fine. In fact, David cries out for it no less than five times in Psalm 119 as he pleads, “Give me understanding that I may live.” But the measure of our trust is revealed when we do not understand but are content to know that God does!
QUESTION: What are some of the things you do not understand about God (the Trinity, predestination, omnipresence, etc.)? In what way does your lack of understanding actually give you a greater appreciation for that fact that He is God and you are not?