I am having a miniature battle with insurance companies over a car accident. One insurance company will not pay my medical bills because the driver who hit me did not cause enough damage. As I was praying, I thought it would be so much easier if I knew God’s will or God’s work in this little aggravation.
But wait. Why should that help? Why should it be that I would be more comfortable if I knew God’s will here? Could it be because I would be able to lay some claim to the outcome then? Could it be because I want to own part of it? Could it be that I have more faith in my own understanding than in God’s understanding? I thought that when it made sense to me then I would be content. This is true sin. I have repented of that sin.
We know so much about the Lord God. He is perfect, good, gracious, merciful, loving, faithful, immutable, and on and on. God only has our best interests in mind, and those interests are utterly caught up in His glory. God is wise beyond all we can even know, so why do we think we would be more content to understand His will in difficult times? Our contentment should be unbounded, the Good Sovereign King of all the Universe reigns in omnipotence over all. And He’s my Father, why should I need to understand to be content?
Philippians 4:11b-13 (ESV):
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.