For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV).
Do you hesitate to say “I don’t know,” in response to those WHY questions regarding WHY God does or doesn’t do thus and so? This use to bother me because I felt that early in my salvation, I needed to be a good representative (I still feel this way), yet to me that meant I needed to know the answers to other’s WHY questions about God.
Somewhere along the way I came into contact with Isaiah 55:8-9, and realized that for some things (many things) we aren’t going to have the answers. Why? Because God’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are definitely higher than our thoughts.
But we like to know right? We like the comfort of answers; that cozy feeling of being cushioned by well formed, clearly stated, made up, subjective answers.
By all means study to show yourself approved, and spend time listening and talking with God in prayer. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth in the Word, and how you can be a doer of that Word. Then rest in the fact that we serve a God of mystery. And we do not have the full ability to figure out the Creator of the universe.
Today I pray that we press in with peace and humility to God and His Word. That we will resist the need to have answers by making them up. I pray the love of Jesus, wisdom, grace, and joy fill us as we walk gratefully before the One who created all that is seen and unseen, understood, and misunderstood. And that we will say, “I Don’t Know” when that is the truth.