Ever found that some questions just sit there, and God remains silent? Questions about death and pain pretty much steal the headlines here but they all basically come down to the same thing:
I get that you’re God and I’m not, but you could at least tell me what’s going on!
Well, Jon Bloom’s done a pretty good little article over at Desiring God to help explain that it’s actually good for God to keep some things hidden. I’d encourage you to read it all, but the highlight for me comes in the form of a quote from Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, which stood out for me when I read it. Corrie asked her Dad where babies come from, and her Dad handed her a big suitcase:
“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. “It’s too heavy,” I said. “Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
He sums it up well at the end:
God is very patient and merciful with us. Someday, when we are older and stronger, he will let us carry more of the burden of knowledge. But until then let us happily keep letting him carry our burdens.
If you’d like to see the full reasoning behind it, read the whole article.