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You Don't Have to Know
By Joel Osteen - Aug 02, 2019

We all have situations that we don’t see how they’re going to work out. We do our best to find a solution, but there are some things God doesn’t want us to know. He has the solution, but if He showed you right now, it wouldn’t take any faith. If you could see the provision, the healing, the favor that He is going to bring, it would be easy to believe. The test comes when we don’t have the answers. Thoughts tell us, “How are you going to make it after you retire? What if your health doesn’t improve?” Sometimes there is no logical solution. The more we try to reason it out, the more discouraged we get. This is what faith is all about. You don’t have to figure it out and come up with a plan. You have to be comfortable not knowing.

When Moses led the two million Israelites out of slavery into the desert and toward the Promised Land, they were excited. God had just delivered them from Pharaoh after hundreds of years of captivity. I can imagine them asking Moses, “What route are we going to take?” Moses answered, “I don’t know.” “Where are we going to get food and water?” “I don’t know.” “How are we going to protect ourselves?” “I don’t know.” They could have said, “Moses, what kind of leader are you?” But just because you don’t know doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a plan. Moses was comfortable not knowing. He had such a trust in God that he didn’t have to understand how everything was going to work out. He took it one step of faith at a time. Take the pressure off. You don’t have to know; God knows.



I’m the type of person who wants to know. I like to have a plan. I’m always trying to figure things out. When I don’t see a way, I used to get stressed. It’s very freeing when you learn this principle that it’s okay to say as Moses did, “I don’t know how it’s going to work out, but I’m at peace.” You’re taking yourself off the throne and putting God on the throne. When we’re trying to figure everything out and manipulate a solution, we’re being God. As long as you’re on the throne, God will step back. But when you say, “God, I’m not going to spend all my time trying to fix something that only You can fix. I trust You. I know Your plans for me are for good.” When you’re comfortable not knowing, God will get you to where you’re supposed to be.

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