Sunday, September 28, 2014

To Understand Or Not To Understand. That Is The Question.

Several years and many battles into my walk with the Lord I am beginning to realize that I don't have to understand everything he is taking me through. There are times when God reveals things to me very clearly, and there are times when I look through the glass darkly and can't understand a thing he is doing.  Both are normal and both are okay.  

He has shown me that "in the beginning" (Christ) (John 1:1)  (Genesis 1:5) he created day and night. 1 Corninthians 15:46 explains that God does things in the natural first to show us what he is doing in the spiritual.  I began thinking about the spiritual meaning (or message) in each. Let's think about day in the natural realm.  A couple of things come to mind instantly. 

  • It is light, therefore we can see.  
  • It is also the time that we work.  
And night?

  • It is dark.  We can hardly see a thing.
  • It is the time in which we rest.
Ecclesiastes 3 says, "There is a time and purpose for every season under heaven."  God has a reason for both the day and the night seasons in our lives and he purposely separates them.

Now let's look at those observations of day and night in the spiritual sense. They are the same as the natural.  There are times in our walk with God that he sheds his light in the midst of our circumstances and we can understand or "see" what he is out to accomplish in us.  Generally speaking, when we are able to see a purpose in what God is doing we are more apt to bow in submission to him. This is part of  the "working" process.  We are "working out our own salvation" 

Looking at the spiritual meaning or lesson of the night is usually much more difficult.  It's a dark time and we can't see what God is doing.  Things don't make sense to us.  It doesn't take long before we become agitated and confused because we don't see a purpose for what we are experiencing. Remember, we can't see in the darkness, so during these dark times we seldom recognize any of our own spiritual growth. When it is dark, that is the time we are to rest.  But most of us don't.  Most of us struggle, strive, analyze, lament, and try to push our way out of our dark surroundings to get back into the light where we can see.  

I am convinced that our Heavenly Father has a purpose for the day and for the night, whether we understand it or not.  But more than that I am convinced that there are many dark times that he doesn't want us to understand the what or why?  He just wants us to trust him.  He wants us to give up our sense of control and rest in the knowledge that he knows the best way for us.  1 Corinthians 8:2 says, "we know nothing as we ought to know it."  

In Luke, chapter 8, the disciples were in the midst of a very strong storm.  Jesus asked them a question.  He said, "where is your faith?"  He didn't ask them who had faith or when they planned on exercising it.  He didn't ask what level of faith they had.  He asked "where is your faith." Is it in me, Jesus, your Lord and Savior, or is it in yourself?  Where is it?

More and more I am learning that God wants me to know less and less. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:2, "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

You might ask, "what about Proverbs 4:7? It says to get understanding. I believe the understanding that this is referring to, at least in part, is the understanding of the fact that we don't always have to understand or know what God is doing. We do, however, always have to trust him and make sure that our faith is where it needs to be. In Him! The one who is able to keep us from falling and present us faultless before the throne.



  1. Thanks, Deb! Well said and thought provoking. And so simple. Why do we make things so difficult for ourselves when all we have to do is trust God?

  2. You should read "Dark Night of the Soul" by St John of the Cross :)