Understanding isn’t a Requirement for Accepting

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Inquiring minds want to know. In many ways I am like a cat—wanting to know and understand everything! Curiosity is good—up to a point. Just ask a cat who’s lost 8 of his 9 lives!

Although science is making new discoveries everyday, “The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know.” Frustration, doubt, fear, or hesitancy to move forward can all be a result of a lack of comprehension. But there’s good news:

We don’t need to know and understand something in order to accept it.

I don’t understand gravity but I accept it, lest I walk off the roof of a building plummeting to my demise.

I don’t know why my wonderful husband, Ed, loved me, but I’m so glad he did! I accepted it willingly.

I don’t need to know why:

  • The sky is blue
  • I can see color
  • I can hear music

–to appreciate their beauty.

I don’t have to fully understand:

  • The Trinity
  • How Jesus was both God and man simultaneously
  • Many biblical doctrines

–to believe it as truth.

I don’t need to understand:

  • How God will work out a particular situation
  • How my faithful Lord will keep a promise
  • All the details of my future

–to step out in faith and obey.

I don’t have comprehend or like the fact that:

  • I was born to the parents I had
  • I am a widow
  • A particular person has sinned against me

–to accept it and not fight God.

And I certainly don’t need to understand Christ’s atoning work and resurrection, in order to receive His free gift of eternal life. I am so grateful for that, aren’t you?! I really don’t want to know and understand what Christ experienced on the cross! You and I don’t have to wait to wholly grasp this awesome work to get saved! It’s simply a child-like act of faith to believe and receive. God even gives us the faith to believe (Eph 2:8).

I said a minute ago that we don’t need to like something either in order to accept it. We must come to accept that God is God and we’re not. But understand this:

God is good and everything He does is good. God loves you and what He is doing is for your ultimate welfare.

Often we just don’t see that right away. God wants us to live by faith, not by sight (=knowledge and understanding). Knowing that He loves us helps to accept the mysteries of life.

We could kick and scream when we don’t understand something or don’t get our way—much like a child throwing a temper tantrum! Or we can quickly assent to His sovereign control, and do so with joy, or at least try not to complain. The quicker we do that, the less disruption there is to our joy, peace, and usefulness for God’s purposes.

Go and seek knowledge; gain understanding. God will reveal to you what you need to understand and when. We can know many things—even about our transcendent God. What you cannot grasp, accept and move ahead in faith.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding; 

in all your ways acknowledge him, 
and he will make your paths straight.
(Pr 3:5-6)

 

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