Remember that time when I wrote a blog post about my brother purchasing a house—that was May 9. He started his search last November, got an accepted offer on May 26, and we still haven’t closed. Talk about a waiting game. The number of hoops we’ve had to jump through is slightly ridiculous. Any problem you could imagine would happen has happened; naturally my mom and I to try to figure out what the heck is going on. I mean, come on God, why has this been so difficult? What are you trying to teach us?
Of course we try to understand why all of these difficulties occurred, “Well, maybe this happened so it would work out this way…” or “Maybe God wanted this to happen so the timing was like this…” It will drive you absolutely insane if you try to figure out why certain things happen in your life. But the good news is we don’t have to understand it all.
Like I said, it is human nature for us to try to understand everything that happens to us—why you didn’t get a promotion, why you were diagnosed with a particular disease, why you’re a financial disaster, etc. We try to figure everything out because we feel it gives us a sense of mastery or peace in our lives. We gather all the pieces of the puzzle and obsess about trying to fit them together perfectly. But this is pointless and can actually lead us to some version of insanity. Obtaining (what we think) is a good understanding of a circumstance will never lead to peace, and it definitely won’t change the outcome.
So when we rely our own wisdom, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Understand that our logic will never trump God’s logic in any way, shape, or form, Proverbs 21:30. Rather than leaning on our own understanding, we should put our trust in the Lord, Proverbs 3:5. Stop trying to figure everything out—God has it all figured out, so that we don’t have to!
He wants us to pray for direction, not turn to our own wisdom. He wants us to trust Him, not attempt to figure out the details. The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24