Undoubtedly, God sees more than we can see. He knows more than we know. He works in ways beyond our comprehension. (Isaiah 55:8-11) And if we agree to follow Him only when we understand what He’s doing, we’ll always stop short of experiencing His inexplicable wonders.
I believe that’s exactly why Ecclesiastes 11:5 reminds us: “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.”
Fact is, we can either let the mystery of God bolster our doubt or buoy our wonder:
Abraham praised God beneath the stars — even though he didn’t understand how he’d ever become the father of nations.
David praised God in the wilderness — even though he didn’t understand why he was running for his life instead of sitting on the throne.
The Israelites praised God with a mighty shout — even though they didn’t understand Jericho’s wall would fall without a fight.
In John 13:1-7, the disciples especially Peter clearly didn’t understand why Jesus decided to wash their feet. However, Jesus’ response to Peter’s reluctance is found in verse 7: “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will. Jesus wanted Peter despite his lack of understanding to focus on what He was doing and not why He was doing what He was doing.
Beloved of God, if you’re in a middle of a perplexing situation and you’re more focused on the why and not the what, think about this: A God of infinite majesty can’t be measured, a God who unleashes miracles can’t be contained, and a God whose love is eternal can’t be explained.
In closing, the God we serve is too big and He will never fit into our finite box of human understanding. But He will always fulfill our infinite need for a Savior. All we need is enduring faith to offer Him our praises even when we don’t understand His ways!