Why Do We Need to Have Answers for Everything?
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I’m reminded of the Israelites who were promised “manna from heaven,” but told not to store it up, only to gather what was necessary and leave the rest. Many thought a better plan would be to save it up; however, when they did, they found it had become rotten (Exodus 16:20).
What I have discovered over the years (through some difficult lessons) is sometimes I don’t need to have all of the answers. In fact it’s refreshing and freeing to say once in a while “I don’t know” or “I don’t have the solution.”
Some of us have an innate “need” to find and enter into situations (welcome or not) to “fix,” make right or change (for what we feel is best). Even worse, oftentimes that “situation” is a person and we “move into” a relationship in order to “solve” what we may see is a need when we should just trust God to do it through them.
With all of the efforts many have made over the last couple of decades to take God out of everything “public,” the last bastion is on our currency. Ironically, the one thing many of us try to save, accumulate and put our trust in is the lone place in society where we find the words inscribed, “In God We Trust.”
Maybe as we use our currency each day, it can be a reminder to each of us to notably trust God with ALL facets of our life and not live in a way where we feel we have to have all of the answers, where we need to figure everything out on our own and where we feel we need to fix every situation.
Let’s not allow our faith become stale by not trusting Him in EVERYTHING.
Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel. An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback? Send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: April 23, 2013
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