Obeying God doesn’t require your understanding. I find most times revelation comes as we go. Also, God does not give us all the information at once. He told Joseph to go to Egypt and stay there until God told him what to do next, Matthew 2:13-14. I am sure God knew exactly when Herod was going to die and when it would be safe to return but he didn’t give Joseph that information.
Have you ever wondered why God does not give us all the information all at once? I know I have, countless times. I want Him to just tell me everything in detail as I take notes. That way I can be sure when a curve ball comes, that oh yes that was point number 6 in these notes I got from God so we are on track and (tick). Unfortunately, we usually only know enough information to take the next step, if at all.
I think one of the reasons why God does this is found in Matthew 4:4 which says, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”
God wants us to draw near to Him and He will draw near to us, James 4:8. So when we know everything we need to know about our journey, what do we need God for? God wants us to look for Him when things are going well so He can share in our joy. He wants us to seek Him when things are not going so well and we have been hit by a curve ball so He can comfort us and strengthen us to rise again victorious. God wants to be a part of our lives.
So, He doesn’t tell us all the information so we can stay close enough to Him. Close enough to catch the next set of instructions. This is over simplifying it, I know but without going into pages and pages of theology I think the best we can do is to believe that God is good. That He can be trusted. That He has plans to prosper us and not harm us. Therefore, whatever He is not telling us, He has very good reason not to. As much as we may think our lives would be better and our obedience easier if we knew everything, sometimes we have to go blind. We hold onto God’s hand for dear life and we trust that He knows where He is leading us.
Understanding is not a precondition to obedience. We obey God because we have a relationship with Him. We know Him. We know He loves us and we know He is for us.
Love and blessings,