Something dawned on me this week. For a long time, I’ve been asking God to give me understanding. However, I now think I’ve been praying for the wrong thing.
My Thinking Has Changed on Understanding God
I often wrestle with copying Jesus. I want to follow Him, but it seems I struggle to make it happen. I’ve generally blamed my sin on a lack of understanding. I’ve reasoned that if I understood the logic, intention and purpose behind God’s guidance, then I’d be more likely to comply.
But, I’ve changed my mind. I do not need to understand God.
Here’s the verse I ran across that changed my thinking on this:
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! Romans 11:33 NLT
I’ve realized that I’m never going to understand it all thoroughly. It is impossible. That’s just too much to ask.
I can pray for wisdom and understanding. There’s nothing wrong with that, but to make understanding a prerequisite for obedience, that is a mistake.
I need to TRUST in God’s kindness even when I don’t understand the logic behind His commandments. In fact, I’m starting to see that following Him when I don’t understand is probably even more important than when I do understand. It demonstrates my faith. Let’s be honest, if you understand and agree with God on a particular matter, then it is easy to do what He says. However, when something doesn’t make sense, that’s the true test of faith.
Faith Is Greater than Understanding
So, do I believe or not? Do I trust God or don’t I? If I believe that God is good (all the time), then I should copy Jesus even when it doesn’t make sense to me. Therefore, I’m going to stop praying for understanding and start praying for greater faith in God’s kindness and goodness!