Do We Need To Understand Everything?

24 The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Proverbs 20:24 (NLT)

According to the verse above, the Lord is the one who directs our steps. It is not necessary for us to understand everything along the way. Please note that the verse does not say never try to understand anything at all. After all, God gave us brains and he expects us to use them. It is a good habit for us to try to understand things and gain knowledge. This is how the human race has progressed.

However, God wants us to realize that there is a limit on how much we can understand. If we are to act only on what we can understand, then our lives will be very constraint. Let me give you some examples.

How many of you really understand what electricity is? Does not understanding electricity stops you from flipping on the light switch? Surely, not. In fact most people who used electricity do not understand what it is. All they know is how to flip the switch and pay the bills. The same can be said on all modern facilities. Most people who used internet do not know how internet works. Most people who drive cars do not know the exact mechanism that makes cars move. Therefore, anyone who insists on understanding everything before acting on them must be living in the Stone Age.

Let us get back to the above verse. The first part tells us the Lord directs our steps. A step is the smallest unit in our walk. Every walk begins with a single step. This means the Lord must be a very detailed person. He is not only interested in the overall journey. He cares for individual steps as well. He cares for our steps so much that he takes a personal commitment to direct our steps. This is good news. What this means to me is I don’t have to wait for the journey to complete to receive my prosperity. I can receive prosperity here and now in every step I make under his direction.

Another point I would like to make is, when God directs, he does not force. He wants us to have a choice on whether to obey or disobey him. So, we do not obey because God is pointing a gun at our heads. We obey because we want to take advantage of obedience, which is unlimited prosperity.

The second part of Proverbs 20:24 seem to imply that sometimes God’s direction in our lives may not make sense to us. Sometimes, we may not be able to understand fully the reason God wants us to go to a certain path. For example, if God is to direct us to take up a new job that pays more, it makes sense to obey. What if the new job pays lesser than your current job? Will you obey?

In situations like this, it is crucial for us to remember that the greatest wish of God for our lives is to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. So, as long as we stick to God’s directions, prosperity is ours for the taking. In the above example, if God can direct you to lesser paid job he must have already worked out a plan for your prosperity and this plan must involve you taking on that new job. If you refuse, the plan will not work and it is not God’s fault if you are not rich.

In conclusion, our God is on our side. His greatest wish is for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. He has worked out a plan for us to achieve his wish. Our part is to obey his directions in every step in our lives even is we cannot understand them. All we need to know is, all his directions lead to prosperity.


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