Had a great conversation with a couple of new friends of mine about seeking God, about healthy questions versus unhealthy. My friend Don mentioned a verse that puts things in perspective quite nicely:
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
We attempt often to measure and assess the infinite with our finite measuring sticks. We apply what we understand, what we have figured out, what we have calculated, to what we don’t understand, to what we haven’t figured out, to what we can’t calculate. We just don’t like not knowing. We humans don’t do well with uncertainty or with “missing pieces to the puzzle.” Especially regarding spiritual matters. Many of us tend to say, “the jury’s still out,” when we come to a crossroads. Since we don’t and can’t have an all-encompassing, glossy print of the “big picture,” we reserve judgment. We hold off on accepting certain things as “truth.”
Philosophers, debaters, and great thinkers have been around for ages, yet each one of these great minds is finite. Our greatest arguments, our most convincing conclusions, all have at least one flaw – they are short-sighted.
This verse that my friend passed on to me encourages me, at least to some degree. The things that we have come to understand are the things that the God of the universe has revealed to us. He allows us to see whatever it is we see, collectively and individually. If this verse is true, then we must trust that what we do see is from Him, and what we don’t or can’t understand is being withheld by design. Isaiah the prophet elaborates on this concept a bit –
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”
This passage goes on to describe how the Lord’s words don’t return empty, but that they accomplish His special purposes. The verse in Deuteronomy and this Isaiah passage, working in concert, paint a picture of a purposeful, deliberate God who carefully reveals certain things and holds back on other things. This picture of God, in regard to belief, requires a decision enveloped in trust –
Trust that He is good.
Trust that He is competent.
Trust that He fully comprehends the big picture.
Trust that He has the power to carry out His purposes.
Trust that what He does reveal is for our benefit, so that we can seek Him and find Him.
Trust that we don’t need to know right this second the things He has chosen to withhold from
One difficulty many skeptics try to deal with is the problem of “blind faith.” If the Deuteronomy verse is true, then trusting God is not an exercise in blind faith. Whether through the Bible, or through people, or through circumstances, or through His Holy Spirit, God purposefully reveals certain things to us. He gives us enough light to move forward, to see what we must see. I would argue, then, that there is no such thing as “blind faith,” but perhaps “assisted vision,” instead.