I think it is Bill Johnson who once said, “if you want His peace that surpasses understanding, you have to give up your right to understand.”
There’s some real truth to that. I know this on account of the fact that I happen to be one of those personality types that just needs to know everything, how things work, why they happen, what’s behind the curtain. Overthinkers-R-Us. That is not necessarily a bad thing at all, in fact it’s a real gift, a genuine skill, a blessing.
Like most gifts however, it does have its drawbacks. Also, some roots in wounding, skills born in dysfunction. Generally people become hyper-vigilant, overthinking, control freaks, as a survival skill, as a much needed tool in order to remain 3 steps ahead of the chaos they find themselves trapped in.
Giving up our right to understand requires a great deal of trust, because it is basically like giving up one of your senses, sight for example.
Now, heaven forbid I would ever encourage Americans to be more pathetically blind, stupid, apathetic, and surrendering of our right to understand than we already are, but some of us really do need to do just that. Some of us carry far too much of the weight of the world on our shoulders and see way more than we should.
I have Proverbs 3:5-6 etched on my mirror for that very reason, so I will bump into it frequently, so I will be reminded to, ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Notice that says we are to trust in Him with all our heart and not with all our wisdom, or with all our heady theology, or even all our sound doctrine. Or perhaps, with all our science? Nope, it does not say any of that, it says, with all our heart.