Why do I always have to have the answers?
Why does God take so long to do things sometimes?
Honestly sometimes I feel like if God would just do stuff instead of waiting for us to try and do things it would save us both so much trouble. He could do everything that needs to be done, fix every problem and answer every question in the blink of an eye. Come on God, why dont you just do it?
This is the part where people usually give an explanation of why God in his infinite wisdom chooses to partner with us and want to see us accomplish his will. (Which is true). I find that more often than not we love giving systematic and theological answers to the things we face and don’t really understand. But why do we always have to give an answer to theological questions.
In one of my favorite movies Batman Begins there is a scene where a young Bruce Wayne confronts the organised crime boss Carmine Falcone who knew the person who murdered Bruce’s parents. Bruce tells Falcone that he is not afraid of him and Falcone replies, “This is a world you’ll never understand. And you always fear what you don’t understand.”
You always fear what you don’t understand. Now this isn’t always the case and is better suited to the context of the movie but when I remembered this quote it made me think about this subject. God’s kingdom is a kingdom that rationale and logic will never and can never define.
Theology. It is an awesome thing. But does your quest to preach theology and find theological answers get in the way of people actually experiencing the raw power of God? Theology is defined as:
1. The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions. Don’t get me wrong, theology is not wrong, it is highly beneficial and necessary to the believer in Jesus. I am not debating that. My question is does our rational inquiry into religious questions (as the meaning states) hinder us and others really connecting with God. Remember God’s kingdom can not be rationally decribed to people. I think that if we always try to rationally describe God to people we can miss out on the fullness of what God wants people to experience. God’s power is not logical or rational, it kinda doesnt make sense, but it is the most amazing thing on earth!
People who dont know God dont need theology and rational answers. They need to encounter the power of God and they need to encounter people who have been transformed by the power of God. Not by people who think they have all the answers. All throughout the Bible we see examples of the power of God bringing transformation in peoples lives.
I think there are lots of answers, and Truth that we can find. So please hear me, I am not trying to say we shouldnt seek out answers and the Truth. I am just saying sometimes it is better to to just say I dont know, or I’m not sure rather that give some patsy answer to rationalize or explain the power or ways of God. I love that I dont fully understand God and how He operates. Its exciting, it means my life is filled with adventure and trusting in Him. It isnt always easy but I dont want a predictable life.
Predicability is boring. Knowing all the answers is boring. I am so glad I dont have all the answers because it forces me to rely on Him and continue to run to Him for what I need. It is so hard for me to run to God in difficulties because I want answers, and God doesn’t always give me what I want.
We dont have to always have the answers. God always knows what to do. He has all the answers. He just wants our hearts. John 14:5b-6 …how can we know the way? Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life” By David Norris,
School Leader at Ywam Newcastle, Australia.