We live in a time when access to information is almost limitless. We know a lot and if we don't know it we can usually find out. We can get very used to knowing things. One problem that can develop from this is that we start desiring and demanding to know things that only God knows. We want to know answers to the problems we face and we want to know what the future holds. All too easily we can try to find our security in our ability to find answers to our problems and figure out the future. We want knowledge and we want the illusion of control that comes with that knowledge.
If this is you, then you need to read the following words from Elyse Fitzpatrick.
Isn’t there within each of our hearts a desire to predict and plan for the future? I’m not talking about wise planning here, like saving or buying insurance. I’m talking about looking at the signs and trying to divine what’s coming next. We’re not alone in this desire; the disciples wrestled with it, too. They asked the Lord questions that I can totally relate to: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” (Matthew 24:3). Just like them I want to know what’s coming.
I know this desire flows out of unbelief and pride. It’s unbelief because I think God needs my help working things out so that I can maintain the status quo, the life I want to live. I don’t want things to change. It’s pride because I think I can handle anything that comes down the pike as long as I have enough forewarning and have thought through (read: worried about) every possible eventuality.
and then later in the post...
So, on the days when the tower has fallen again, when I complain or wish that I could at least have a clue about tomorrow, on all those days when God has a secret that he isn’t sharing and I’m tempted to feel overwhelmed . . . yes, on all those days I don’t need to wonder if he’s grown tired of me. There remains one area of complete certainty for me: I am justified in Christ, his righteous record is mine. Nothing can ever change that. This knowledge frees me to put Jenga away and rejoice in my Father’s great love and faithfulness. I don’t need to be sure that he’s got everything together, because as Paul wrote, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” He’ll be sure that I have what I need when I need it. How do I know? Because he’s given me the righteousness of his Son.
It's well worth reading the rest of the post- go here.
(HT: Gospel Coalition Blog)