How many of us have had God tell us to do something, and we wanted to know why? I think the majority of us would raise our hands in confession. Like children we constantly ask God “Why?” instead of trusting His guidance. We have to make sure that everything will work out first. We have to make sense of something completely outside of our character. But rarely does God share all of the details. Rather, His desire is for us to trust Him to lead us down the path He has placed before us. Once we put our complete trust in Him then understanding will come. This is having faith.
When Jesus first called His disciples they answered without having a complete job description in hand. They didn’t fully understand everything in the beginning, but they learned along the way. They trusted that the Lord was leading them. Does that mean they didn’t struggle? Of course not! We see throughout the Gospels and in other NT accounts that followers of Christ have struggled, but placing our trust in God gives us the strength to work through these difficult moments.
For those who want to understand the things of God and be used by Him, trust must come first. If we cannot trust the Lord with the little things in our lives, He will not give us understanding for the bigger things. I challenge each one of you that when the Lord tells you to do something, don’t ask why. Instead, ask the Lord for His help and follow the direction He leads. By walking in faith, you will begin to understand, but only in faith.
Psalm 111:10– “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.” (NASB)
Proverbs 1:7– “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 3:5-8– “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.”
Proverbs 3:13-26– “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast. The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up and the skies drip with dew. My son, let them not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”
Proverbs 9:7-12– “He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, and he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will bear it.”
Ephesians 4:17-24– “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
2 Timothy 2:1-13– “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. It is a trustworthy statement:
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
1 John 5:20– “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”