Curiosity killed the cat …. curiosity gets us in a pickle …
(ask the cat in the picture to the right). Growing up I heard these sayings and I repeated them to my children as I raised them. You probably have said them yourself. My other favorite comment was, “that is a need to know basis, and you don’t need to know.” We know these truths on one level but on the spiritual level we do not live them.
Sometimes we treat God with the attitude of “I NEED TO KNOW … and I NEED TO KNOW NOW!”. It is a struggle of will power, of who is in control. I would be lying if I said I do not struggle with wanting to know God’s plan NOW. Waiting is hard. But, He says in Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ESV
We are like the reader that wants to look ahead to the back of the book to see how it ends. We look for the answer sheet to the crossword puzzle in the paper. We want to cheat because we want to know. We think we NEED to know. We have to know or …. or what? Truthfully, there is nothing you or I can do to hurry God’s plan. All we are doing is adding to our anguish by not letting go and letting God.
God is on a need to know basis … He gives you His word for guidance. You have prayer and the Holy Spirit to lead you in His will for your life. If you are in control and demand to know … if you are constantly striving to figure things out on your own, then you are going to get yourself in some pretty tight jams (just ask the cat).
All we need to know is He knows. Trust Him and wait upon the Lord…
“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 ESV
remembering that in His time (not yours), all things work together for good. Romans 8:28 says,
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” ESV