We cannot see and understand the world or even our own lives the way that God does. For some, this is frustrating. They have a need to understand and will not fully trust God until they do understand. And since this level of understanding is often, perhaps even usually, withheld from them, their frustration continues or even increases. And they make the claim that their frustration is because God has not revealed Himself clearly enough or explained what He is doing clearly enough. When, in fact, the true reason for the frustration is a lack of trust in God.
We should get this right so we can adequately raise our own children. They often have more faith in us than we have in God. There are many, many things that they cannot understand. What two year old understands a spanking? Or a denial of some simple fun, television, a video game, playing with the rebellious Johnny next door? But the child learns to simply trust and obey. I hope our children will grow up and be able to transfer their explicit trust in us parents to their heavenly Father.
But how are we doing? Do we trust Him explicitly for all the things that are going on in our lives and in the world that we do not understand? Is He working all things for good?
Are you willing to not know and simply to trust our Lord Christ? With that sickness? With that shaky job? With that unknown future? With that theological conundrum? With that unjust accusation? With that slight from your sisters?
Our job is to obey the Lord, turn from sin, walk according to the Holy Spirit and put our simple and explicit trust in Jesus Christ. He is in control of the master plan. We need to rest in that great truth.
Are you resting? Or tossing and turning?