On a Need-to-know Basis

Ken Old

READ : Philippians 4:10-20

I may believe that God’s timing is perfect but I still have trouble. At times he moves at a snail’s pace! I get anxious. Sometimes he waits until the last minute. Hurry up, God!

No sooner have we paid the end-of-month salaries at the orphanage than I am reminding him urgently that this time we shall need another two thousand rupees by mid-month. Although I have no idea where it will come from, I am learning to expect that it will come. Even so, I’d relax a little easier if I could be sure!

Although I want to know how God will provide I don’t need to know. If I needed to know he would tell me for he provides what we need, not what we want.

He wants us to rest in him, knowing only that he is there. Being content not to know is part of our journey into spiritual effectiveness. Jesus had to teach his followers that lesson. He sent out his disciples and then seventy without “scrip or purse” (food or money), not even knowing where they would rest their heads. But they came back rejoicing – ready for the next stage of the journey.


Dear Lord, help me to rest in you and wait patiently for you to act.