The Topic Room: WE’RE ON A NEED-TO-KNOW BASIS
I have a very inquisitive little daughter. Many of our conversations go a little something like this:
My daughter: “Mom, what’s in the centre of the earth?”
Me: “Not sure. But I know it’s really hot. I think I read about it in a book.”
My daughter: “How do the writers of the book know for sure?”
Me: “Coz I presume they are scientists, and they have the equipment to check all that stuff.”
My daughter: “But what if it’s something else there and the scientists are wrong?”
Me: “Well, as long as God knows what’s down there.”
My daughter: “Then shouldn’t we ask Him? Coz I really want to know. I think we should know. Yeah, I’m gonna ask God. When will I get an answer from Him?”
Me: “Have you done your homework today? Why don’t we ask God when your homework will be done?”
My daughter: “………”
Me: “Oh, now you’re silent?”
In this age of instant access to information, we have been conditioned to have our requests for answers met with accurate, and more importantly, speedy responses.
We want to know what’s under every rock and what’s around every corner, and our Christian walk is no different. Our prayer requests should be logged, promptly processed and a response should be returned, preferably within 0.56 seconds.
At different stages in our lives, we are often forced, or at least encouraged to take stock of the level of our faith as Christians. A prerequisite for living and thriving as a Christian is a real and existential faith that allows us to take advantage of the full gamut of blessings that go along with having a relationship with God. But I’ve often wondered why in the midst of our faith-walk we are so adamant on being briefed on every step of what the Lord is doing behind the scenes. The scriptures below don’t seem to indicate that we will receive a detailed Excel spreadsheet of God’s step by step plan of action.
Mathew 11 v 28 – “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Job 22 v 21 – “Yield now and be at peace with Him. Thereby good will come to you.”
Psalm 32 v 8 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
We’re required to make a straightforward exchange, not set up a business venture with God with checks and balances. It would seem that God is saying something along the lines of: “Once you’ve given Me your problems, you need to rest and be at peace because I’m watching over you. I got this!”
When our children look up at us and adoringly bring us their problems, all it takes is a word from us to assure them that their problems will be addressed. A word is all it takes to alleviate the anxiety tunnelling through their little minds. A word is all it takes to dry up the tears and send them running back into the playground without a care in the world. In the same way, we need to see that trusting God is so incredibly freeing!! Instead of withering and shrivelling under the pressure and fear of the unknown, why not exhale and rejoice in the freedom of the One who knows it all!
If truth be told, we do not need to know how God will answer our prayers, we don’t even need to know when He will answer them. What we need is a belief that our problems are in the hands of our more than capable Father, who in His supreme position as God of the physical and the spiritual, has the power to create more than adequate solutions for our challenges. Besides, I believe that if the Lord were to pull back the curtains of what transpires on our behalf in the spirit realm, we would promptly close the curtain ourselves and gladly leave it for God to handle!
Today, I’d like to encourage us to have faith – a child-like faith that would have us happily depositing our cares at the feet of the ultimate Parent and exchanging them for His peace and assurance, knowing that no challenge is too great and no circumstance can circumvent His plans for us. In this particular new year, a year in which the unknown is so glaringly ominous, let us remember that the battle truly is the Lord’s, and while we may not know how He will come through for us, we certainly know that His love for us will always compel Him to arise on behalf of His children. So, gladden your heart, dry up your tears and head on into the playground! Your Father’s got this!
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