It’s fun to imagine
we’re the ones
with all the answers,
but we’re just like everybody else –
compared to God.
As much as our human nature wishes it did, true faith doesn’t have all the answers. To be authentic, faith has to embrace the mystery of God.
Though we can learn a lot from religion and receive special insights from the Spirit in meditation, ultimately our Creator is an unfathomable mystery that we can’t fully grasp in our humanity.
When we think we’re right and have all the answers because of our religious beliefs or actions, we can become prideful, judgmental and critical of others, who do things differently even when they are doing the very best they can, given their unique circumstances and belief systems. We can begin relying more on ourselves than God, thinking we know best.
When we think we’re the ones with all the answers, we can make excuses for our own hurtful behaviors and dismiss the people God places in our lives as teachers just because they’re different, instead of learning important life lessons from them. When we have a sense of superiority about our belief system, we can lose sight of the entire purpose of faith, which is to love.
The mystical poet Rumi wrote “Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrongdoing, there is a field – I’ll meet you there.” When we connect with others in love and empathy with the desire to understand and learn from one another, we can grow closer to God and deeper in awareness of our shared humanity.
Do you consider yourself to be more spiritual or religious? Have you ever felt unfairly judged by a religious person for your beliefs or do you struggle with being critical of those, who think differently than you? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to provide encouragement and lift you in prayer!
Lord, give us the courage to embrace true faith. Give us the grace of humility to realize we don’t have all the answers, so we can learn from others, who think differently than us. Strengthen our ability to unconditionally love and accept others for who they are, like You do. Make us more compassionate, understanding, open minded, open hearted people, and always draw us closer to You in spite of ours mistakes. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.