Foolish Enough to Trust God

When looking back on the lives of men and women of God, the tendency is to say, “What wonderfully keen and intelligent wisdom they had, and how perfectly they understood all that God wanted!” But the keen and intelligent mind behind them was the mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through childlike people who were “foolish” enough to trust God’s wisdom and His supernatural equipment. {Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest}

As I’ve been thinking about it, I am amazed that anyone is able to understand God. Why are we all not constantly misunderstanding Him?

Or are we?

The prophets wrote about Jesus’ birth, ministry, and death without having any idea what it would actually look like. Scholars debate and hypothesize over John’s revelation, trying to pinpoint what the timeline for the “end times” will be.

My two-year-old asks, “Why? Why? Why?

Our nature wants an explanation for everything in life. The explained can be controlled; mystery can be as unruly as that same two-year-old throwing a temper tantrum.

Search through scripture, and discover the instance after instance of God hiding His plan from His people. There was no spitefulness or malice in His actions, they just did not need to know. In the fullness of time His plans are revealed.

Even upon revelation, the wise may find His ways to be foolish; just as the paths of the wise are foolishness to Him. Solely through the interpretation of the Spirit can we attempt to understand the ways of God.

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8 thoughts on “Foolish Enough to Trust God

  1. While I would love to be known of as “wise” (ha!), I would much rather it be said of me, “she was a fool who loved God and loved people.” It isn’t as important to me to be “right,” even if in my flesh one of my most primal needs is to have a plan. I think the Lord gives us mystery to strengthen our faith and our humility. And those are the two traits I long and pray for the most. Tough areas to let go and trust for me. So, I’m working on thanking God for the mystery and praising Him always.

    Thanks for the reminder! …I needed it.

    1. “I think the Lord gives us mystery to strengthen our faith and our humility.” I agree! And also I think those are perfect examples of ways that our worldly wisdom conflicts with God’s ways. The society we live in says trust what you can prove and see, while God says faith is believing in what is impossible and invisible; or, promote yourself and your agenda, while God says put others first and think not of your own needs. When I turn to scripture I’m constantly reminded of the foolishness of God’s ways. :)

  2. Yes I totally agree. I think as our Western society gets more and more knowledge, and thinks it can explain away even more things, we lose another bit of the wonder of the ways of the universe – of God. He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. I so get the kids asking me ‘why, why, why’ – it can be so frustrating and I find myself often answering ‘because I said so’ or ‘just trust me, I’m an adult so I know best’. I am sure there are many times that God looks at us questioning why certain things are happening the way they are and whispers ‘just trust me’. I also remind myself regularly of those crazy first weeks after giving birth when my whole world was turned upside down and I had no control of anything. I certainly leaned into God and asked him to guide and direct me (well just to get me through the days and nights actually!). When we feel like we are more in control we can often keep hold of the reins of our lives too tightly. We need to learn to let go a bit more and trust God knows best for us even when we don’t understand what is going on, or what he is asking us to do sounds like total craziness to us!

    1. If nothing else in this life has convinced me of my lack of control, it’s motherhood. From getting pregnant, through delivery, and beyond I have had to relinquish my desire for routine and plans. Maybe that’s why God has given me so many kids. :) Haha! I REALLY needed to get that lesson.

  3. I’ve been digging The Message translation a lot lately and when I read this I though of Ephesians 1:17-18:

    “I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!”

    1. I love the Message for its ability to show familiar scriptures in a new light.

      Thanks for sharing that verse, Tony. I often forget to ask God to open my eyes to what He’s doing, rather I just grow frustrated that it’s not just revealed. Haha!

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