I am a perfectionist to some degree. Not in every area, but I like to know that things are figured out. Have a plan. Know what is happening next. Sometimes, in life, that is not the case. Sometimes we have no idea what is going to happen next, how things will play out, how God will work to save the day.. and that’s where faith comes in.
Faith does not come natural. It is a hard thing to give up control of your life with all of its plans and all of its worries to someone and something you can not see. It’s hard not to have answers. So on we endure, because we know that in the end, all things will make sense.
However, I think some people have a misconception of faith, in that “faith” means we endure until we have the answers. I know I think that sometimes. I just have to make it through, and soon everything will make sense. Just have faith until then. What if that never happens?
What would our faith be if we had all of our answers? If there were no unanswered questions of life, why would we really need faith in God?
The thing is, we do not endure until we have answers. We endure until the end.
See, if we are waiting and just having faith until we get answers to our questions, we will not endure till the end. We will faint, because there will never be a point in life when all of our questions are answered. Some may be answered sooner or later, but there will always be more questions. More why’s, and when’s and how’s. Everything on this side of time does not make sense, and may not make sense until we reach heaven. Our hope is not in that everything is soon going to work out perfectly here on earth. Our hope is in that God, whether or not things work according to our plan, will work all things together for our good and His glory.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Waiting on the Lord could be all of our lives. Are we prepared to endure until then? So often, I get caught up in hoping for answers when what I really should be hoping in is Jesus Christ alone. I’ve come to realize the great Christians that I know, and the great Christians in time are not the “lucky ones” that got all their questions answered. They simply trusted and obeyed despite what they were able to see– and that is great faith.
So, maybe God doesn’t give us the answers to all of our questions, but He does give us promises that He will take care of us, and give us the strength to trust Him everyday.
Matthew 6:28-34 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Philippians 4:12-14 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Isaiah 43:2-3 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
Proverbs 3:5-6 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.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
He doesn’t promise us all of our answers here on earth, but He does promise us to be with us every step of the way.
He doesn’t really owe us an explanation, either. He created us. Without Him we would have no life, not one breath. If He were to stop so would we. He alone causes our very hearts to go on beating. He formed us and fashioned us with love and care while we were still inside our mothers womb.
He saved us. He took an undeserving penalty for my actions. The sin that I commit, that I do everyday, Jesus was crushed under God’s Holy Hand for. Without the cross, we would be on our way to hell.
He gave us life and heaven, and we think He owes us answers to every one of our questions? I guess not.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We don’t just have to keep the faith until some magical point in our lives when all things are clear. All things WILL be clear someday, when we who are God’s children, are home in heaven and we have the mind of Christ. Not until then. It wasn’t until the Apostle Paul’s death that he was able to say,
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Even Job ask questions. Although He trusted and hoped in God, he asked WHY so many times. God appeared to Job in the end of the book, and not once did God give Job the answer. He simply said, Do you know who I Am?? Just trust. My ways are higher… There is no one like me.
So, brace yourself. It’s gonna be a long road of faith, of unanswered questions, and of pressing on towards the mark in spite of it all. It takes faith and courage. And although we don’t deserve it, God will never leave us or forsake us. He will always be there with new mercies every morning, and a fresh supply of grace for each day. He will not leave us confused or ashamed if we put our trust in Christ, not in all of our questions being answered, but in Christ, and Christ alone.
“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?” C.S. Lewis