Trusting What We Don't Understand


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9


Our limited understanding can be such a frustrating thing. I struggle to understand things that are so beyond my realm of knowledge, rejoicing in what I have come to learn and lamentating about what I fail to know. The greatest mystery of our lives is the full understanding and knowledge of who our God is. The Bible teaches us in Christ, the secrets of God have been revealed to some extent, but there is so much that we do not know about God nor will we ever know (Psalm 147:5).

How can we love and trust a God that we simply cannot know fully or understand completely? This question may have been the heart of Phillip when he asked our Lord to show him the Father (John 14:8-10).

It is true - we will never fully understand God. We’ll never fully know the deepest riches of His wisdom and knowledge, because let’s face it - the finite cannot understand the infinite. But there is a comfort in this, sisters. All that we need to know about our great God is revealed by three great sources - His infallible Word, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

His inexhaustible Word is good, revealing to us the the nature of God and what Christ has done for us (2 Timothy 3:16). The Lord reflects the Father’s nature and character, showing us the exact representation of His Person (Hebrews 1:3). And the Holy Spirit which dwells within us, testifies Christ and reveals the truths of God to us so we may believe by grace through faith (John 15:26).

We can rejoice in what we do not know and anticipate the eternal journey of knowing our God more...and we can rest and trust in the character and nature of God, knowing anything He has and has not revealed to us is good for us and brings Him glory. He is for us!

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Romans 11:33


Father, sometimes the unknown can make us weary and afraid. Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief and help us to trust what You have made known to us in Your Word, of Your Son, and by Your Spirit. We love You and thank You. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Your Turn

Do you struggle with trusting the unknown things about God or what He has not revealed in your life? Bring it to Him and trust in who He says He is. Ask Him for help to do so.

About the Author

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Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Griffin enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.