March 19, 2023

Surrendering Things “Too Wonderful” to Understand

Written by Shana Schutte

He will give you the answers you need when you need them.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 19, 2023

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  Job 42:3

Last night was a “toss-and-turn” kind of night. That’s when you lay in bed, but you can’t sleep. You toss. You turn—and your mind spins. (Then, the next morning, your husband mentions that you pulled all the covers to your side of the bed.) 

During my sleepless hours, I was trying to find answers for questions about the future and solve “what ifs” and unknowns for problems that my family is facing. But there was an obvious problem: I don’t have enough information about the future to answer any questions about what will happen tomorrow, next week, or even in the next fifteen minutes! 

After not being able to sleep for several hours, I remembered that the Lord will only give me the answers I need when I need them and therefore, I can’t make any decisions right now—so  trying to sort out anything is futile! These realizations helped me close my eyes and rest. 

In Psalm 131:1, David wrote: 

“I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”

I love this scripture because it’s a reminder that the things that are “too wonderful” can specifically be unanswered questions about the future. It’s also a reminder that worry is a choice. 

Around 3 AM I recognized that my ability to give up my questions about what’s ahead is in direct relation to the amount of peace (and sometimes sleep!) that I experience. You—and I—have two options when life presents unknowns: trust or torment. 

We can toss and turn, fret and fuss, experience anxiety and angst, or we can trust. We can let go of what we don’t know yet and “put our questions on a shelf” until God answers them. Then, like David we will experience the peace that comes from not concerning ourselves with things that are “too wonderful” for us. 

Trust or torment. Those are the only two choices. Which one will you choose today? 

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:6).


Lord, help me to trust you for what I don’t yet know. Help me to live in faith, to lay down my worries and concerns and know that you will give me the answers I need when I need them. Amen.


Make a list of your worries about the future on a piece of paper. Then, tell the Lord that you know he will give you the answers you need at the right time. Tell him that you will put your unanswered questions “on a shelf” in faith until he is ready, in his perfect timing, to show you the way.

Related Reading

Psalm 40:5; Job 38:2; Job 11:7-9

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