I’ve got to start today on a serious note.
These last couple of weeks have been hard on our country. There are so many hurting. Some fighting for their lives or mourning the lost life of someone close. And of course Facebook, Congress, and all of the other platforms are taking this opportunity to tell us all what is wrong with the world. Because we are all 100% sure they have the answer, right?
We don’t have the answer. God does. We aren’t necessarily trusting Him though, are we.
I would like to take this opportunity to expand on an idea I shared from Jen Wilkin a couple of weeks ago. She wants us to “lean into the ‘I don’t know'” in our Bible study, God of Creation, and I think I was pretty clear that I think this is an amazing idea to apply to Bible study.
I am so excited for our Fall Bible Study were we will be using her “God of Creation” study, sometimes I have to stop myself from sharing too much from it – it all applies so well!
This idea is not just useful in study of the Bible (or any other subject for that matter). This idea, this attitude is perfect for how we deal with tragedy and hurt in our world.
First, in our own hurt.
It is OK to turn to God and say (or in some cases in my life, scream) “I don’t know”! He knows that we don’t understand everything that happens. He knows that there are some things we, in our human minds, will never understand.
In our economy, loss makes no sense, pain makes no sense, but in reality, it is OK for it to make no sense.
I don’t know if I’m communicating this very well, but I know one who practiced this in the most beautiful way: David in the Psalms.
It doesn’t take too long reading in the Book of Psalms to see David’s questioning in his pain:
Psalm 3:1Lord, how many are my foes! how many rise up against me!
But David doesn’t end it there.
He beautifully transitions and embraces the “I don’t know” when he leans completely on God, knowing the only answers come from Him:
Psalm 3: 5 I lie down and sleep, I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
He finishes his Psalm, his prayer, with the assurance that whatever deliverance comes, it is from the Lord
Psalm 3: 8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
That is just one of the shorter examples of David crying out to God in his “I don’t know” and being OK with “God knows but I don’t know”.
Finally, in the hurt of others.
We are called to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). We are not called to have all of the answers and fix it for those who mourn. That is, most often, not our job. Sometimes it is just our job to hold our hurting sister, or sit next to our hurting brother and just agree with their “I don’t know”. It is hard, but when we all support each other in coming to the Father with this and trusting that God knows, we can make it through even in the “I don’t know”.
I realize it’s been a long email for the subject of not knowing, but I hope it helps to learn that it is OK to go to God and trust Him even when you don’t have the answer or will never have the answer.
Love you all,