Our Need to Know


“Oh, there is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.”  —  John 16:12

In 1741, George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah, one of the finest and most inspiring pieces of music ever composed. In the time leading up to his greatest accomplishment, Handel’s health and fortunes had reached a low ebb.

His right side had become paralyzed due to a stroke, and all his money was gone. He was heavily in debt and threatened with imprisonment. He was tempted to give up the fight.

I wonder if Handel would have chosen another path had he known what was ahead of him. I can’t help but think that if he had known ahead of time the suffering he would endure, he would have chosen another journey.

Had that happened, the world would have missed out on the blessing of one of the most renowned and beautiful compositions of praise. His life’s purpose would have been thwarted and God’s glory would have been diminished where Handel was concerned.

It may not seem fair to us, but each of us is on a “need to know” basis with God. That includes the events in our very own lives.

Jesus knows your future, and He knows your purpose in life. He knows exactly what everyone around you is doing and will do, and He knows how those actions will affect you. He knows everything you will ever learn — and infinitely more.

He has seen everything you will ever see — and infinitely more. He knows how much of that information you can handle and when you can handle it. For that reason, He “filters” information about you and parcels it out to you in strategic bursts — when you need it.

While you and I can’t always know ahead of time the things that will take place in our lives, we can be confident that God is using every event to prepare us for and move us toward His purposes. We can also be grateful that he tells us only what we can handle right now.

The Father wants us to trust Him. I choose to do that today. I will keep my heart open to what He is trying to say to me and I will trust Him for those things I do not yet know

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One response to “Our Need to Know

  1. Alejandro Leal

    Hi Tony, I´m writing from a town close to Monterrey, Mexico. I was looking up for a picture of dandelions and somehow got to your page. It has been a blessing.
    God bless you.
    Alejandro Leal

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