I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “I can handle whatever answer comes, I just need to know what it is.” I have said or thought these words when:
These are real-life scenarios that have made me crave concrete answers. Why am I possessed by this need for knowledge? This is certainly not a new struggle. It is as old as the human race. It’s the same “need” that possessed Eve in the Garden of Eden.
What we know we can do something about, even if it’s just planning for it or learning how to accept it. What we don’t know, we’re helpless to control.
I justify these desires to know answers God has yet to provide by rationalizing that I’m not trying to change God’s will for the future. I only want to know what it is so that I can prepare myself. I want to avoid the unnecessary fear, pain, and stress of waiting. The problem is, God tells us to wait. He has the answers, and that is supposed to be enough.
We’re so familiar with the idea of trust, that sometimes, I think we forget what it means in our day-to-day lives. I know that I do
The truth is, God does His best work in our lives when we are waiting on Him for answers He hasn’t given us yet. He doesn’t say we just have to wallow in fear and stress about future outcomes. He says that if we are willing to wait—if we have the courage to trust in His timing and His working—He will make our hearts stronger.
Only in uncertainty can we learn what it means to trust God. Uncertainty is painful. It’s scary. It’s big and unknown. But it’s also what prayers are made of. It’s also what trust is built on. And if we’re willing to wait on the Lord, it’s also what peace is grown from.
Knowing the future outcome of my worries would not change anything for the better. Rather, it would provide me with a feeling of self-sufficiency and control that would be detrimental to my relationship with God. As a descendent of Eve, I want to bite into the fruit that will give me knowledge because I don’t want to depend on anyone else—not even God. I want to be strong and independent.
But God is not glorified by my strength. In 2 Corinthians, the Lord tells Paul:
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
God is where my strength comes from. The weakness I feel during times of uncertainty is intended to push me to a greater reliance on God’s strength. He is the only one who can strengthen my heart.
My heart won’t grow strong by God letting me know all the answers. Otherwise, God wouldn’t have made the tree of knowledge off-limits in the garden. Rather, my weakness reminds me to rest in God’s strength because only in reliance on our Creator God can we find peace in uncertainty. He is the only One worthy of complete trust, and our trust in Him brings Him glory and honor, which is the very point of our existence anyway.
What a glorious circle of truth that is!
This is the beautiful redemption story our God has written for us.
In the words of the hymn-writer John H. Stockton:
“Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way,
Perhaps you, friend, are in a hard place today finding it difficult to trust God with the unknown. Remember, "...only in reliance on our Creator God can we find peace in uncertainty."
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