“Because I said so,” was not my favorite phrase as a child. I was one of those “Why?” kids; you know, one of those who need to know the reason behind everything. It didn’t satisfy me to know that I had to do something, or not do something, just because my authority had spoken it.
I realize now, with “why?” kids of my own, that not every direction I give them will make sense to them. That for the time being my word should be sufficient requirement for obedience. I like to try to explain the reasoning, but I often get a deer in the headlights look—my ways are not their ways and my thoughts are not their thoughts. Their thought process doesn’t always make sense to me, and I am positive that the reciprocal is true.
How often do we spend our prayer time with a “Why?” attitude? Do you wait for God to make His direction make sense to you before you obey Him? How is that working out for you?
If you dare to read the Scripture, you will find that God doesn’t have to explain Himself. He is God, in fact. If you think so highly of yourself as to believe that you can figure out His method before You obey Him, you are missing the whole “faith” thing. He doesn’t require our knowledge, but our obedience.
I think of when Jesus shocked and offended those who were even called disciples. Not Pharisees—disciples! He spoke of His flesh and His blood as being the real food that they needed for eternal life. They were in essence saying, “Did You have to go there, Jesus?” Did He have to expose their doubtful mindsets by following up a miracle with a hard teaching to grasp? Yes. If they were going to turn around, it might as well have been then rather than further down the road at the cross.
May we choose the words of Simon Peter when we don’t understand our Lord: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Let’s just obey…just because He said so.
Scripture to read:
Lord, I don’t understand Your ways. Sometimes Your Words don’t make any sense to me. But they don’t have to, because I know You. I know that You are good. Help me to trust You more. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.