Trusting Although Not Understanding

6th December

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.”

Ecclesiastes 11:5

There are so many things that we do not understand and so many questions we may have that probably won’t get answered this side of eternity. Does this mean we are to doubt because we do not know or do we simply trust in the One who does?

Take for example the two things the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote about in verse 5: the path of the wind and a baby growing in its mother’s womb. Both of these examples, helped by modern technology, are better understood now than when this verse was written, yet even with the technology we do have, they are both still great mysteries. Yes we can roughly plot where a heavy wind storm might come, but can we really tell exactly where it will flow and navigate its path. Well clearly the answer is no, because we can’t see the wind. We can only see the effects of it. Much is the same with child birth. Of course we can see the growth with modern ultrasound technology, and we can even video its growth in the mother’s womb. We can even understand biologically what happens when it grows. Yet it remains a mystery, how this all happens and astounds doctors and biologists alike as to the exact detail and precision involved in a baby’s growth.

If we are to dismiss these things as foolishness because we can’t fully understand them, then we are never going to appreciate the wonder of them. The same is with God. We might not be able to physically see Him or understand how He works or what He is doing, but we can learn to trust Him because of the evidence of His works. It is because of God that the wind blows, that babies are birthed and that the world spins in orbit. It is faith in Him, that we can find peace in our storm. It because we know He is a great God, that we can fully trust Him, even when we don’t understand everything.