Most people like quizzes; these are one of the most popular TV shows, with quizzes like Mastermind or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drawing large audiences. We like to be able to answer questions and show off our knowledge.
Unfortunately for us, life is not quite as easy as knowing the answers to the questions on a quiz show. Whilst we do know the answers to many questions – the Bible tells us how God made a perfect world, but Adam and Eve’s rebellion against Him led to sin entering the world and with sin, death; it also tells us of God’s plan of salvation, sending His Son to die for our sins so we can be restored to a relationship with Him – there are many more we don’t have answers to. This can easily lead to us becoming bewildered, rather like the disciples when confronted by the resurrection of Jesus. They found it hard to believe the women’s tale (Luke 24:11); the disciples on the road to Emmaus were utterly confused. (Luke 24:22-23) Even when they met the resurrected Jesus, some still doubted. (Matt 28:17)
Whilst we would much prefer to have the answers to all of life’s questions, God calls us to live by faith and not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7) We are called to a relationship with God where He wants us to learn to trust Him and not to worry about having all the answers. It’s good to know as much as we can about God, about the world, about lots of different topics, but knowledge isn’t the be-all and end-all of living well. Instead, what matters is that we trust God every single day, that we understand life is about our relationship with God and with each other and that it’s OK not to have all the answers. God wants us to trust Him even when we don’t have answers and even when we can’t see what He is doing. He is big enough to take all our questions and He wants us to bring all our doubts, questions, fears and worries to Him, rather than reaching conclusions based on our limited knowledge. God is still good; ‘what’s true in the light is still true in the dark.’ (‘Weep With Me’, Rend Collective) We can still believe, even when we cannot see.