Faith. Faith is a word that is quite common to a Christian, but do we really understand it? We sometimes pray for faith, or yearn to have more of it. Then, we get on our knees and beg God to show us the outcome of the decision He’s asked us to make. We get frustrated with God because He holds back knowledge from us. How can He expect us to follow Him if He doesn’t tell us where He’s going???
I was watching Doctor Who yesterday (stay with me, it does indeed relate) and the Doctor and Amy had this conversation:
Doctor: Amy. You need to start trusting me. It’s never been more important.
Amy: But you don’t always tell me the truth.
Doctor: If I always told you the truth I wouldn’t need you to trust me.
Amy knew the Doctor was constantly keeping things from her, and that’s what she meant by ‘not telling the truth.’ If he never kept things from her, then why would she need to trust him? This is the same with God. If God told you that the money for Bible college would come from landing a fantastic job during school, you wouldn’t go to Bible college because you were trusting God; you’d be going because of faith in your own knowledge. If God told you that you needed to quite your job because another was going to come that would be much more spiritually rewarding, then you wouldn’t quite your job because of your faith in God; You’d quite your job because you know there’s going to be another waiting for you.
This all came up because I was reading Romans 9. Here are the relevant verses:
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.
Israel was seeking to earn righteousness with their understanding. They understood the law. They didn’t understand grace. They did not have faith that God could have an attribute they didn’t understand: mercy.
So I guess my conclusion is this: we (I especially) need to stop depending on our understanding. We need to stop being frustrated when God doesn’t give us all the details. After all, if He always gave us the details, He wouldn’t need us to trust Him.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.