Eighteen years is how long it took me to somewhat understand the Gospel. I say somewhat, because, to be completely honest, I still don’t understand it entirely.
It’s the craziest, most ambiguous love story I’ve ever read. Somehow a crazy, ambiguous love story written to me, and written to you.
It’s this overwhelming, factual book filled with testimonies, promises, and commandments. Sixty six books and 1,189 chapters, packed with Scripture that were breathed out by God.
It took me 18 years to come to Christ because of those two sentences.
“There’s so much to know, and I have to know all of it before I can commit myself to something like this.” I would say over and over again, trying to rely on my own knowledge.
For years I put myself in a place where I felt like there was even a possibility I could completely understand God, and when that occurred, then, I could accept Christ.
But friend, hear me out when I say if that would’ve been the case, I never would’ve known Jesus. I would’ve only known about Him.
We can never completely understand God and His power while in this world, and praise Him for that peace. There’s so much comfort there.
To know that I don’t have to know.
To not have to look to myself for answers, but look to the One who knows the answer before I even ask the question.
There is so much rest in that level of contentment.
Contentment in trusting in the Lord with all your heart, but still studying and seeking His word for those answers.
That’s why this can’t be an excuse for being stagnant in our faith.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
The devil is active. He has a great understanding of theology.
Heck, he even tried to use Scripture against Jesus at the beginning of Matthew 4. (Not the best idea, by the way.) But this is exactly why we need to continue growing in our knowledge of Scripture, for moments like this: when Satan tries to twist Scripture into something it’s not.
“There are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable will twist them to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16
The devil may have a better understanding of the Bible than you, but our God created it.
He knows the inner workings of every part of the Bible beyond our wildest ideas. (Ecclesiastes 11:5 , 1 Corinthians 2:11, 1 Corinthians 8:2)
He knows all.
And if He knows all, then I know what He says about you is true. He calls you His child.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17
Paul (the author of Romans) goes on to write verse 18, my favorite Scripture in the entire Bible.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18
This, my friends, is true faith. Knowing that we don’t have to know everything to truly believe our sufferings are nothing compared to the glory we’ll soon see.
And soon we’ll see just that, His glory.
Cejay is a senior at WKU and a Bowling Green local. She is double majoring in criminology and journalism with a minor in sociology. Normally you can find her journaling, spending time with friends, or talking about corgis.