Trusting in the Absence of Understanding

by Lee Buford on July 15, 2010

Understanding and control are two things I value greatly. This is certainly not always a good thing, but nonetheless, I must admit my longing for both on a daily basis. If you’re wired in similar fashion you can relate I know.

Lately, however, the role of trust and faith without understanding and control has been top-of-mind for me. Circumstances dictate  such a reliance and, for Christians, God’s Word teaches that we aren’t in control and we won’t always understand. And more importantly…that’s okay!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
   – Proverbs 3:5 – ESV

I’ve had several great conversations with people about stepping out in faith when there’s little certainty or information to support doing so. I’ve read about a pastor who died after being hit by a car…while he was passing out flyers for his church’s Vacation Bible School. I found out about a 2-yr. old child who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. And I’ve read about tragedies around the globe, most of which make no sense to the rational human mind.

But at the end of the day I must trust in one thing:  HIM! You must do the same.

We are told, ahead of time, that there will be things we don’t understand…things that make no sense when viewed from the human perspective. And we are told we shouldn’t try to rely on our own understanding. It’s not always easy. It’s not always fun. But it is always FAITH.

And if we could see, hear, or know beforehand, it wouldn’t be faith. It would be knowledge and fact. It would be human.

And it wouldn’t glorify the God in whom we place our faith.

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