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Tell Me Sis, Why Doesn’t God Tell Us Everything?

If you are anything like me, you have asked this question before. I have always wondered why does life have to be so mysterious. If I can be honest, sometimes, I can live without the surprise element. Like it be so much easier to trust God and his plans if we could see it all. Have you been there? I know I have! I've been thinking lately and here's what I've come up with.--I believe that if we knew EVERYTHING that would happen in our lives, it would scare us. Maybe even paralyze us. If we knew a certain situation would bring us pain, we try to dodge it. But what about the growth that came from it? We would miss out on that part. Could it be that who we are becoming can only happen through situations we would rather avoid??

I'll give you a real life example of my dream of becoming a pediatrician. God confirmed this to me in 2012. It has been 7 years and I am not in medical school YET. If I had known this from the beginning, I am not sure I would have stuck with the path to my purpose. If I knew every obstacle that would get in my way, sure I would see it coming, BUT I am not so certain that it would have made my path easier. In this case, ignorance is bliss lol! Now, I am not sure if you would come to that same conclusion when it comes to your situation but don’t you think the part about not knowing gives us more fire to keep going. Perhaps, God knows we would procrastinate on our dream/purpose if we saw it all mapped out in front of us.

Truthfully sis, I don’t know the exact reasons why God doesn’t reveal everything but I do want to take you to a scripture that I recently looked at. My friend reminded me of the first part of Deuteronomy 29:29 which says "There are some things that the Lord our God has kept secret to us..." While that can seem unfair, I believe it is for our protection and peace of mind. I’ll give you another example. In December 2016, I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I knew about this surgery MONTHS before. Honestly, knowing the date made me anxious. All I could think about was this dreadful day.

Now relating back to things more serious---If God told us everything, perhaps we would be SO preoccupied and consumed with the events that take place in our life that our focus would shift. We would look more at what God can do for us than who he is to us. Not knowing everything allows us to put trust in the character of God, specifically his integrity. Will he do what he says he is going to do? That my friend, is faith. If we knew everything, we would not need faith. And faith is the foundation of our relationship with God.

I also believe that some things would be too overwhelming for us to know. I don’t think there would be peace on the level that we think in knowing the details. I feel there would be a sense of stress in knowing the details of our lives--the good, bad, and ugly. Like if we knew when and how we would leave this earth, for instance, that would be too much for some. I believe that in His infinite wisdom and love, God tells us everything we need to know exactly when we need to know. Here’s something that resonated with me, “God is also a wise Father who knows when knowledge is too heavy for us. He is not being deceptive when he does not give us the full explanation. He is carrying our burdens (1 Peter 5:7). If we think our burdens are heavy, we should see the ones he’s carrying. The burdens he gives to us to carry are light (Matthew 11:30). “

So in conclusion, I believe not knowing everything that is going to happen in our lives keeps us humble, in peace, and dependent on God. We have limits and he does not so I think it is fair that he knows everything and we don’t. Don’t get me wrong, there are times I wish I knew more but I trust that if I truly needed to know more, God would tell me. God’s word tells us that “he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity” (Psalm 84:11, NET). If God doesn’t reveal it, we don’t need to know it! Let God carry that burden of knowing everything. And girl, it takes the pressure off us!

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