God is faithful. He is trustworthy. He is good. He is just. He is righteous. His ways are higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).
These things I know.
But the truth is, I often don’t understand all these things.
I don’t have to understand something to know it. I don’t understand how putting gas in my gas tank makes my car run. I know it, but I don’t understand it. Someone understands it, but it’s okay that I don’t. I simply need to follow the directions. I need to be obedient to the maker, the one who does understand.
I don’t have to understand how a seed becomes a plant which pops out a tomato. But I know it does. I can understand and explain the process, but I will never fully understand how a long, green stalk can one morning send out a little baby leaf. And I most certainly can’t make it happen. My job is to give that seed soil, water, and light in due time. And I need to give it all these things in the appropriate amounts.
One man plants, another waters, God makes the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-9). I don’t have to understand every step. I don’t have to understand why. I simply need to follow the directions. I need to be obedient to the Maker, the One who does understand.
And I can know. I can know that He brings the increase. I know that He made the earth and the sky and me. None of that knowing is dependent on my understanding the how and why.
I can know and yet not understand. I know Job didn’t understand, but he knew. He knew God and His power, justice, majesty. God’s truth doesn’t depend on my understanding. And that’s a very, very good thing.
I simply need to follow directions and be obedient to my Maker. And I know that He is good. I know He is true. I know He is righteous. I know His ways are higher than mine, and I won’t understand it all, and I don’t need to.
God is faithful. This I know.