Day 3: Ignorance
It drives me crazy when my kids don’t trust me.
I am not talking about the kind of trust that keeps a secret. I am referring to the kind of trust that unequivocally knows that I have their best interest at heart. Nothing unnerves me more then when they question my motives and wisdom. I have patience for many things but get two or more of my little ones, thinking they know more than me, whining in unison “Why?” and I become unglued. How come no one told me that I would be ganged up on like this? I appreciate inquisitive kids but not every moment is a teachable one. Some situations just require trust and obedience.
How do you train someone to trust?
I revisited the story of Adam and Eve this morning. We all know the story… God said don’t touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God didn’t want Adam and Eve to know about good and evil; he wanted them to only have knowledge of good.
God’s intent is not to keep things from us but to hold some things for us.
My daughter Ava just turned nine this year and soon it will be time to have “the what’s going to happen to your body talk” and eventually the “the wonderful gift God gave husband and wife talk”. (I am so not ready for that. Advice, please?) In the next couple of months I think she will be ready to hear what I have to say on the matter. Giving her the information too soon may lead to fear or misuse. Those are two things I would like to help avoid. Certain knowledge may too much for her to handle. I am honestly hoping that when the time comes she will be mature enough not to share this stuff with her younger sister whom she is extremely close and shares a room with.
Many times God reveals things to us on a need-to-know basis only. One of the reasons he does this is to build trust. Adam and Eve is just one example. Abram is another. Abram was told to move and was promised he would be taken care of. He didn’t get a 10 year plan detailing how and when God would meet the needs required to fulfill his density. He wasn’t even told where to move, God just said GO. (Genesis 12:1)
As I look back again at at 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”, I find myself asking myself a question.
What if it is also true that His grace is sufficient in us, His power made perfect in our ignorance?
God’s sovereignty and provision is more than enough to make up for the information we don’t have. When we have all the information up front we are less likely to relinquish control of our situation and trust Father God. If we aren’t “control freaks” by nature too much information can scare us away from the big plans our Creator has for us. (BTW, big doesn’t mean saving the world, it may just mean giving us influence in the sphere he has placed us in.)
Have you had to trust God without all the details?
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