Devotional

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:31-33.

We have all heard the term the “Christian walk.” It refers to an individual’s personal, spiritual journey. Many times we have false expectations of what the “Christian walk” should be like. Many times we believe that it should be free from troubles and difficulties. Some think that it is dull, boring and mundane. As Paul tells us in Acts 20:22, “…I don’t know what awaits me.”  In other words, the Christian walk is really a journey Into the unknown. 

That is a tough environment to be in. Talk to any business manager and they will tell you that it is very difficult to be successful when unknowns pop up and surprise you. Christians feel the same way about the unknowns in their walk with God. They look at it like a preacher who gives you an outline with blanks but then skips some of the points? That doesn’t work for us,

We like complete outlines. All the blanks filled in. All the gaps closed. All the details disclosed. And all the why questions answered to our satisfaction.

But that’s not the way life is. There will be gaps in our Christian walk that are simply too wide to close. And there are some questions for which there are no apparent answers. But that is the way God wants it because He designed life to be this way.

Without blanks, we would have no room for Him to write in His answers. Without gaps, there would be no way for Him to become the Way when there is no way. Without unanswered questions, there would be no way to show us that He is the answer. If we knew all the details then we would attempt to control our life and story rather than Him to be our life. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). If we had all the blanks filled in, we would not seek God’s part in our story. Our God is not fickle, forgetful or fragile in any way. He does not make mistakes. He has a purpose for our gaps. He has a divine purpose behind all the blanks and the unanswered questions in our life. He leaves room for faith. 

Learn to be okay with that. Learn that God does what He does for reasons you can’t always see or understand.  Learn to believe that God is good, even when the unknowns of life creep in.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think that God does not give us all the details?
  2. Do you find comfort knowing that God is in the midst of your uncertainties?  Why?