Don’t God’s responses to your questions usually surprise you? Don’t they seem to make no sense at times? We ask questions because we obviously need some answers, answers that contain information our hearts are longing for. We feel pressure, nervousness, fear, and so on.
We’ve all encountered situations when we don’t seem to be fit at all for the task assigned. A speech in front of a multitude? A new position at work or in your church? A friend asking you for advice or people seeking your help?
Some of us, though, face tougher situations. Maybe you didn’t know how you were going to provide for your family the very next day. Maybe you had to make a decision such as ending a relationship or stepping down from a position at work.
The unknown is all around us, yet the good news are that we belong to an all-knowing God, the One who has total knowledge, awareness, and understanding. Nothing escapes His mind and nothing takes Him by surprise. His answers to our questions are the most suitable ones. They might not make sense when given to us and they might not fulfill our longing, but they are what we need to hear.
In Exodus 3 we see God revealing to Moses through the burning bush. In this particular theophany, He calls Moses to rescue His chosen people from under the Egyptian bondage (talk about the unknown!). Moses’ immediate question is: “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” (verse 11) Naturally we would expect God to start pointing to Moses’ strengths and explain to him why is he the chosen one for this task. But, God gives the unexpected answer: “Certainly I will be with you…” (verse 12).
Moses asks who is he to take on such a responsibility and God answers by telling Moses that He will be with Him. Doesn’t that seem the answer to a different question? You are asking God one thing, and He tells you another. He tells you He will undoubtedly be there with you. When He gives you the unexpected answers, know that those are the best. And in the darkest unknown, be sure that He is there with you.
Adelina Ghilea comes from the city of Arad, Romania. Her previous experience as a volunteer radio show host and producer not only deeply shaped her vocation and calling, but also brought her to Moody Bible Institute. She is currently a senior in the communications department and is serving as station manager for the campus station. Adelina is also serving with JoyFm, a new Reach Beyond (HCJB Global) radio plant in her hometown. After graduation, she is planning to return home and invest in the ministry there. Twitter: @AdeGhilea