I’m realizing that if God keeps us in a place of “unknown”…
…If what we are seeking still remains a “mystery” for the time being…
Then He has good reason for allowing it.
“As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.” —Ecclesiastes 11:5
We’re not going to always “understand” why things happen the way they do, or why things don’t happen the way we’d like them to, but He promises to lead us in the way we should go…
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” —Psalm 32:8
He says we can ask Him for understanding, we can ask for clarity, but He never says that we won’t sometimes have to remain in the place of “unknown” at times.
And if this is where He has us, then He has good reason to not let us have the “full understanding” or the “why”...
There is good reason that it’s not been made so obvious and clear just yet.
“Why God? Why, why why? Why won’t You tell me? I’d feel so much better if I just knew what was going on? I’d feel so much better if i didn’t have to stay in this place of “unknown” right now…. it would be so… much…. easier, God.”
Hmm…. “so much easier“….
He doesn’t promise us that we’ll never have to wonder, that we’ll never have to endure through times of “unknown.”
But He does promise this:
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”—Isaiah 41:13
“And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling…”—1 Corinthians 2:3
And this is what He will do when we week Him and trust Him…
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”—Psalm 34:4
He simply asks us to keep trusting Him, and to declare our trust in Him.
And in times of “unknown”….
He gives us a deeper “understanding” of this….
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.”—Isaiah 40:28
It may not be the understanding of the unknown that we seek in the moment, but God will give us a deeper “understanding” —a deeper realization…
That He is good.
That He is with me.
That He is for me.
That He knows all things.
And He has good reason for what He allows, and what He does not allow to be known in the moment…
But He is seeing me through…
…and he is always, always trustworthy.
He gives us this kind of understanding.
And even if we feel out of control, even if we’d feel a whole lot better not having to deal with this certain “unknown-ness” in our lives, we can know that He will reveal what needs to be revealed to us, in His perfect, flawless timing.
And yes, He may ask us to endure in the “unknown” for a little while.
We may have to learn to live in the midst of the scary or concerning “unknown”…
But we keep trusting, and we keep going, and we keep enduring.
And yes, we can keep asking Him for understanding, and until we do gain that understanding, we learn to trust that His timing for everything, His reason for everything— is perfect.
Thank You, Father. I trust YOU. Even when I don’t understand. Even when I am in the place of “unknown”…. You help me to “understand’ that You are trustworthy and always good. ?
“You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!“—Psalm 32:7-11