I’m reading a book right now by Ravi Zacharias, The Grand Weaver. He recounts the building of the ark by Noah, highlighting how God was so particular with the details of how it should be built. God provided specifications for particular materials and exact measurements but there were two critical things left out; a sail and a rudder. Imagine building a boat that big then being in the middle of catastrophic conditions with no means of controlling the boat. God made it imperative that in the design of the ark Noah be willing to trust Him.
God has a way of doing that doesn’t He? Abraham was sent on a journey without a map or even a destination, Joseph reached his childhood God-dreams through a lifetime of nightmarish circumstances, and Gideon was sent into battle with a handful of rookie recruits against a veteran legion of mercenaries. So many accounts from Scripture and my own life affirm what Zacharias observes, “God has made it imperative in the design of life that we become willing to trust beyond ourselves.” I would add God delights in this. Yes, I said delights.
Quite often I think we struggle to see the delight in it as God does. We tend to think things would be better if we were in control. If we had the map, the steering wheel, the last say then everything would be, well…better – in my (insert your own name) humble opinion. But it also means the loss of faith, which means the loss of hope and feeling continually crushed under the weight of a world full of pain and suffering.
God has designed us and delights when we live by faith, when we “trust in the LORD with all [our] heart, and do not lean on [our] own understanding.” The blessed life is trusting the One who knows more than we do and is good – though He isn’t safe. So how are you doing? Are you asking God to include a sail and rudder or are you just building as He’s told you and leaving the control to Him?