Asking God questions is one thing; questioning God is quite another. We must trust Him in all circumstances.
3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
We’ve discussed before how the two miraculous feedings were signs to Israel and to the Gentiles that Jesus had come for both groups (see Proverbs 25 4-25-22). I read an observation the other day that showed another jewel of wisdom from these miracles. Jesus said,
9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered [after feeding everyone]? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered [after feeding everyone]? Matthew 16:9-10
In John, the five loaves and two fish were attributed to a young boy (John 6:9). This little boy represents every one of us in Christ. The tasks in front of us are far too big for us to achieve on our own; we need the interactive help of God the Holy Spirit. He knows what we need, what the best course of action is, and has the power to make it happen. The disciples even had enough left over for tomorrow’s lunch! We were never designed to act on our own. When we do, it’s because we became impatient, which leads to arrogance:
God does not work fast enough for us, so we take over the wheel. The problem is that cars are not built for small children to drive, nor do children have the dexterity or the knowledge to drive capably. We need to trust in the Lord to know and to handle things as He knows they need to be handled. Many times, it may not be our particular situation that gets handled well (by ourselves or others), but those coming after us will learn from our experiences and, hopefully, they will get it right. If not, then the next generation, and so on.
In our impatience, we become arrogant and distrust God. Jesus calls this distrust a lack of faith, or, unbelief (see Mark 13:58). Eve became impatient and acted in arrogance when she believed the lie, distrusted God, and ate the fruit. She got in a hurry and got ahead of God. What a dangerous place to be! May we trust the Lord like little children (Matthew 18:3-4) and do things His way, the Patient way.
Abba, may we see beyond our lives to Your plan, which gives everyone the opportunity to trust You and then act on that trust. Sometimes it takes weeks, sometimes months or years and even generations. We trusted You with our lives; may we trust You with the future, as well. Amen.