God is too wise to tell us everything. He knows there are some answers we simply can’t bear at the time, and so He asks us to trust Him with them. In Corrie ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, she mentioned a time when, as a young girl, she asked her father what sexual sin was. He turned to look at her, but to her surprise he said nothing. Finally, he stood up, lifted his heavy traveling case from the rack above their heads, and set it on the floor.

“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said.

Corrie stood up and tugged at the case, but couldn’t lift it because it was filled with watches and spare parts. She answered, “It’s too heavy.”

“Yes, and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”

The wisdom of God is knowledge combined with morals. It knows when to practice restraint. God knows every detail about every situation we have ever faced, but He knows it would overwhelm us if He shared all of these details with us. When we bring Him our questions about life, He often responds by encouraging us to trust Him. He will carry the load for us until we are ready to bear it.

There are plenty of experiences which are beyond our understanding. Maybe you lost your job without warning. Your church has waited for what seems like an eternity on a building permit. A husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend has suddenly broken off the relationship. Your friends no longer want to be around you. You can’t understand why it is taking so long to sell your house. As you wonder what is going on, God whispers, “Trust me.” Let Him carry the load for you today.

 

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder