In a world of such uncertainty, it’s understandable—understandable that we’d trade with God. “I’ll acknowledge that You exist…and You improve my existence.” We’ve grown convinced that trusting God means gaining the inside track to the future. “We have His favor and He has a plan for us.” Surely He won’t keep it a secret.
For centuries (millennia), men and women have tried to read stars, palms, tea leaves, and crystal balls. We want just a glimpse of the future. We want confidence that things will turn out a certain way—a happy marriage, a quiver full of kids, a great job, a good home purchase, and more.
Little wonder, then, that this penchant for clarity should infect the Church, too. Surely the Maker of all time and space will draw back the curtain just a smidgeon so we can see clearly for a moment. Contrary to Hebrews 11:1, faith comes to mean the conviction of things we have seen. For some reason this “spiritual insider trading” has become not simply acceptable but even desirable; widely taught and happily passed on.
But faith is not the pathway to clarity; it is the solution to our need for it.
Christ invites us to trust Him with the unknown, not to know the unknown. He welcomes us into a community where clarity matters far less than consistency in the Journey.
While we are busy praying “Show me the way” the Father is busy saying “Trust Me in the Way.” While we fear making a poor decision for lack of information—“Is this the right job to take, school to send our kids to, neighborhood to live in…?”—the Lord beckons us to simply seek rightness with Him and the good of His Kingdom. (Matthew 6:33)
I tend to control what I see or anticipate. I take charge. And such foresight becomes a cancer to the soul.
The questions abound: Will this illness take me or be taken from me? Is my financial hardship short-term or long-term? Should I seek a new job or persist in the one I have? How does God want to use me in leadership?
The uncertainty persists, but the answer holds steady. Faith matters more than clarity. And we can only live such a Way …
Because of Grace