Friday, July 8, 2011

God's got your "details" covered!

I came across this blog post by Pastor Steven Furtick a couple days ago and wanted to share it. As I have sought to follow Jesus daily and try to live a life of ministry, one thing I've learned is, having faith and trusting Jesus means that most of the time, I won't understand. Whether you are a details kind of person or not, chances are, you like having control most of the time. I will be the first to admit that I like being in charge. I even use the excuse that when you have as many kids as I do you better have an execution plan at all times. However, Jesus is teaching me that I'm wrong. It's actually the opposite.... Because I have a bunch of kids, still want more and desire nothing more than to live a life of ministry.... I better leave the plans up to HIM! I will say, there is so much freedom and letting go of the reins and leaving the details up to the ONE who had my life all planned out before the foundation of this world. Why in the world would I think I need to be in control?

I hope the following words from Pastor Furtick will be an encouragement to you if you like to be in control and know the details ahead of time. Don't you want to be someone who is fully obedient, rather than fully understanding?

God has every detail of your life covered.... no need to worry!

A common phrase you often hear from people is, “I don’t do details.” Usually they mean they’re more big picture people. They don’t like to get bogged down in minutiae.

In His own way, God doesn’t do details either. At least when it comes to His commands to people in the Bible. In fact, He can often be painfully vague.

He told Abraham simply, “Go to the land I will show you.”
When He beckoned Peter to walk on the water, He simply said, “Come.”
On His command Moses to free the Israelites from the most powerful nation in the world, He merely commanded him, “Go, I am sending you to Pharaoh.”

God didn’t use any detail. He didn’t lay out a step-by-step plan. He just issued the command and expected obedience.

Sometimes people wanted more detail. Moses wanted to know how it was going to happen. What should he tell the people? But God didn’t fill in much detail here either.
I will be with you.
Tell them, I AM has sent me to you.

That helps.

On the one hand, you would think God was kind of winging it. On the surface, it would seem that His plan was just to deal with the details as they came about. And that’s not very reassuring. Not when you’re being asked to step out on faith.

On the other hand, when you read on in the stories, God had every detail covered. Abraham’s journey. The plagues. The Red Sea. Even Peter’s ability to walk on water. And that’s very reassuring.

God is extremely meticulous. He is all about the details. Far more than you’ll ever be. He has everything already figured out. Every pitfall and possibility accounted for. Every detour arranged to get you to your final destination.

So God definitely does the details in terms of His plan and working it out.
But God doesn’t do the details in terms of what He communicates to you.

That’s because He knows there are some details you’re simply not ready for.
And ultimately it’s because He’s more interested in your full obedience than your full understanding.

Don’t worry. God has every detail in your life covered.
He just doesn’t need you to know them first to follow Him faithfully.


  1. Thank you thank you thank you for this post!! Loved it and needed it! Blessings Rachel

  2. I would also like to thank you. My husband and I are debaing an adoption decision and are struggling with which path God is leading us down.