Sunday, July 31, 2016

Obedience over Understanding

As I have gone through this life that I hadn't planned on, I  seek to understand the why, what, where, when and how of whatever situation I find myself. When I am able to come up with a plausible reason it gives me some sort of comfort and gives me something to work toward and something on which to focus. If I find myself going through a financial trial, I tell myself that God is teaching me to rely fully on him. So I work on trusting him fully. When I find myself emotionally bruised, I tell myself it is just God's way of drawing me back to my first love. Regardless of the situation, I do fervently seek to understand "Lord, why am I here." As the preacher said this morning, it is a dangerous thing for us to decide that we understand all the whys and hows. When we decide we understand why we are going through a trial, we are limiting our faith and thereby limiting what we allow God to do in our lives. When we decide that we understand how God is going to bring us out of our trial, we are limiting not only our faith but our vision of where God wants to take us. As Isaiah 55:9 says, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." When we decide we understand we are deluding ourselves because there is no possible way that our minds can even comprehend the marvelous things that God is doing. Job 37:5 "God thundereth marvellously with his voice: great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend." So don't sell God and yourself short by seeking to understand but rather simply seek to obey.  When we take the step of faith of simply obeying the direction and calling of God rather than seeking understanding of why, we are opening the flood gates of God's power to work in our lives. With our simple obedience in our time of trial or despair, we are actively demonstrating our faith and trust in Him. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Trust in His plans and simply obey rather than understand.