Trusting When We Don’t Understand


I just happened to be reading Tim Keller’s book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering while recovering from severe burns from a grease fire in my kitchen.  I stumbled upon the powerful piece of wisdom below that was a terrific reminder for me during this time of healing, but is also important to remember no matter what difficult or confusing circumstances we might find ourselves in life.


Tim writes:

“When my son was around eight years old, he began to exert his will and resist his parents’ directions.

One time I told him to do something and he said,

“Dad, I’ll obey you and do this – but only if first you explain to me why I should do it.”  

I responded something like this:

“If you obey me only because it makes sense to you, then that’s not obedience, it’s just agreement.  The problem is that you are too young to understand most of the reasons why I want you to do this.  Do it because you are eight and I’m thirty-eight – because you are a child and I’m an adult and your father.”

We can easily see why children need to trust their parents even when they do not understand them.  How much more, then, should we trust God even though we do not understand Him.  It is not just that the differential in wisdom between Him and us is infinitely greater than the difference between a child and a parent.  It is not just that He is sovereign and all-powerful.  We should also trust Him because He earned our trust on the cross.  So we can trust Him even when He hasn’t shown us yet the reason why.  He is good for it.”

~ Taken from Pages 153-154 of Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller

“I have calmed and quieted myself as a child, like a weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child.”

~ Psalm 131:2