DEVOTIONALS | SHANNON MILLER.
“Wanting to have all of the answers now isn’t bad, it just isn’t faith.” – Bob Goff
Ouch, that stung a little. I feel safest when I know everything. In times of decision or crisis, how often do I chase certainty and control, when God is looking for faith? He doesn’t expect blind trust that everything will soon be better, or that the answers to all the mysteries will be to my liking. What He asks of me is a clear-eyed confidence in who He is, and who He has said that I am. Look carefully for the motivation behind Jesus’ well-known teaching about worry:
“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing… Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,'” (Luke 12:22-23, 27-32, ESV).
I can find rest in the midst of uncertainty, because just as the Creator cares for the quickly passing wildflowers, so much more is He watching over me, His child – watching for the right moments to give me every earthly and spiritual provision I could ever need, in generous abundance. If I will just answer His loving gaze, all my fear will melt away.