First of all, I confess that the title for this essay is a little misleading. Why? Because I don’t really understand God. His ways are so much higher than mine that I often don’t get what He is doing. But, I have found something that helps me.
What Helps Me Understand God a Little Better
God’s thinking is so much greater than mine. Because of this, I often can’t even begin to comprehend why certain things happen. I can’t understand why some of my most important prayers go answered. Why would a God that truly exists and that loves me unconditionally seem to ignore my prayers that are so earnest and desperate? Why would He let me go through this?
Well, I’ve found an analogy that really helps me get my mind (and faith) around all this. Let me explain.
Are you a parent? If you are, then this will likely hit home with you. If you aren’t, hopefully you can still relate by looking back to your own childhood.
As a parent do you give your child everything they ask for? Probably not. Why? Because you know that not everything is good for them and that doing without once in a while teaches them an important lesson about delayed gratification.
In a similar vein, do you make your child do certain things even though they don’t want to? You probably do. Why? Because you understand that eating healthy, brushing your teeth and going to bed at a decent hour pays dividends.
Furthermore, when your child disobeys you, do you discipline them? Do you put them in timeout or ground them? Do they like it? Probably not (gross understatement). In fact, sometimes they may think you are the meanest parent in all the earth. But, you know that by causing them a little pain now, you will teach them principles that will benefit them significantly later in their life.
Your thinking and understanding is higher than your child’s and as a result, even though sometimes they don’t see it, you know you are doing what is absolutely best for them in the long run.
In the same way, we are God’s children. He doesn’t give us everything we ask for because He often knows better. He occasionally takes us through a valley because He knows the lessons we learn along the way will benefit us immensely later. He is the parent and we are the two-year old.
Trust That God Knows Best
And [Jesus] said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:3 NIV
Like children, we must defer to our Heavenly Father trusting that in all circumstances He loves us and does what is absolutely best for us. Once you stop fighting God and start believing in His goodness, it is amazing how much better life becomes. This analogy does so much in helping me to understand a God that is truly so much greater than I am. I hope it helps you too!