How many times have we found ourselves saying things like, “In hindsight…”:
- I would never
- I would have
- I would never would have said
- I should have said
It’s amazing how clear things are in hindsight. In hindsight, it was so obvious that we never should have done such and such, that we should have known better than to have said such and such.
Things are so clear and obvious in hindsight.
All the pain I could have avoided, the devastation averted, the opportunities I could have made into realities…only if I had known.
Only, if I knew then the things I know now…life would be amazing…if only.
There are things we can only know after the fact. Unfortunately, this is part of what it means to be human.
Hindsight is 20/20. Things are absolutely clear…in hindsight.
The problem with our desires, wishes, and yearnings are the unintended consequences, the myriad of circumstantial realities that we are incapable of knowing at the present because we are human. In the moments of desiring and making decisions, the future is fuzzy at best, and at worst, is completely hidden from us. That’s why so many of our desires, yearnings, and dreams turn into nightmares.
Because we just don’t know.
But what if I told you I know a way to make foresight as clear as hindsight? What if I told you, you could avoid every heartache from every bad decision? That you don’t have to do those things that devastate the people you love? That you could take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way?
What difference would that make in your life?
Wouldn’t you want that? Wouldn’t it be crazy to miss out on such an offer?
Here’s the deal. For God, foresight is as crystal clear as hindsight.
That’s the reason why Christians “Trust and obey, for there is no better way”.
God already knows. God already knows what is best. God already knows the unintended consequences of every desire and every decision.
Not only does God know what is best, but God absolutely loves us and wants what is best for us.
Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that wonderful?
So while the future will always be dim and fuzzy for us, we have a God for whom the future is crystal clear.
“Trust and obey, for there is no better way”
And, yet, I continue to choose my own will at my peril. I’m dumb like that.
Listen, everything I’ve said is for me. I am on a journey to trust more fully on God than trusting myself. I am no expert when it comes to trusting and obeying God. But I am getting better at it.
So, I re-commit to getting better at this trusting and obeying thing…
- Even when I don’t feel like it
- Even when the very thing I desire and want so much is the opposite of what God is asking me to do
- Even when God’s will doesn’t make any sense to me at the moment
I choose to trust and obey.
Now, how about you?