In yesterday’s devo, we began a discussion about delayed gratification. More often than not, we think of delayed gratification in terms of tangible things we might eventually acquire if we’re willing to plan and be patient. But I think there’s much more to consider.
Daniel endured seventy long years of captivity faithfully trusting that God would intervene and release him from service to a godless king. Imagine Daniel ten years in; then thirty; then fifty. It’s clear that through this time, Daniel did not demand something most of us do: Certainty. Not knowing what God is up to, for many of us, is unbearable. We feel as though He owes us a timeline, rubric, or defined plan. Even turn-by-turn instructions.
A man approached me in the concourse at church recently and asked if I would pray that he would have clarity about some pending decisions. It reminded me of Mother Teresa’s response to that same request. When a man asked her to pray for clarity she said, “No, I will not do that. I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”
Accepting our inability to be certain is the beginning of humility and growth. If we had absolute certainty about the way forward, there would be no need for a relationship with the Father, or each other. The not knowing fosters dependence on others, strengthens our faith, and allows us to give and receive grace.
Have you noticed frustration stemming from wishing God would reveal more to you? Do you insist on certainty? Do you expect God to do things a certain way, your way? Pray about releasing your need for certitude. You’ll find God all the more faithful as you trust.