The Need To Know Everything


I think one of the biggest mistakes that we as humans have made for the last couple centuries is that we feel we need to have an answer for everything. I definitely have this desire engrained in me.

For example, if I suddenly get the urge to discover countries who’s major export is guava… I pull out my iPhone, ask Siri, she responds by completely messing up my question, then I Google it, and find the answer… all within 30 seconds.

I guess it started during the enlightenment or something by asking questions like why does an apple fall from a tree instead of floating, and that is a good thing to figure out. But what if we have gotten so used to “figuring out the answer” and putting things into the boxes of our comprehension, and in response we decided to throw God out, since we cannot begin to really understand the divine.

You see, we can’t test God, or quantify Him. I believe the evidence of His existence is found in every atom in existence, but it’s not like left a fancy cursive signature on the bottom right corner of the solar system. Because of this I think we decided, who needs Him?

We also freak out when we see evil things like genocide, rape, and disease destroy lives, innocence, and love. We begin to ask, “If there is a God and if He was really good then why would He allow evil?”

In the Scriptures, Joseph had every right to ask this question as he sat and rotted in a jail ceil after his brothers nearly killed him, sold him into slavery, and then his master’s wife accused him of rape. Wouldn’t you be asking God what was going on?

Soon Joseph’s hard work is recognized and he eventually becomes second in command in the kingdom, and his brothers come to him for help. As they  beg for his forgiveness he responds, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”[1]

Joseph didn’t pretend to have God figured out, nor should he. But he trusted God’s love, and knew no matter what evil humanity brings on itself, God would be there to orchestrate resolution.

The first reaction of love should not be to question, but to trust. It’s good for us to try to figure things out, but we have to realize the fact: we are not God, and we may not get the answer on this side of eternity, and that's okay.

I imagine, in the end, there will be a Q & A session, but until then I need to trust in His ability to turn broken shards of a story into a beautiful mosaic.

[1] Genesis 50:19-20 The Voice