As a parent, one of the most important things to me in my life is the trust my children have in me. When I make a decision that is in the best interest of my child, I want that action to be noticed by my child, and I eventually want that child to trust that I will always make a choice that is in their best interest. I desire their trust, but I do not require their trust.
When my child becomes a teenager and I’ve told them to be home by a certain time, I don’t require that they trust my judgment in the matter, but I do require their obedience. It’s not entirely important to me that they understand the sum of my knowledge at that time because, frankly… they cannot. But in their best interests, it is important that they obey.
We cannot begin to fathom the infinite knowledge that is possessed by our God. God did make us in His image, but He did not make us His equal. Nor would He ever have a reason to.
As a parent desires the trust of their child, I believe that God desires our trust in Him. If we simply “trust Him on this one”, then we are demonstrating to Him that we truly do believe in His omnipresence, His omnipotence and His omniscience, even if we don’t understand it. For some of us, this starts out as merely giving God the benefit of the doubt. For others, the trust is more natural.
If we demand some form of concrete, tangible evidence from God that He does exist, then we are no different than the defiant child who does not trust in the decisions of his parent. In this, there is no evidence of faith. Christ spoke of the importance of faith in the accounts of the faith of the centurion (Matthew 8:5-13), of the woman touching His cloak (Matthew 9:20-22), in His calming the storm (Matthew 8:23-27), and of His doubting apostle Thomas (John 20:24-29). In many other scriptural references in the gospels, Christ clearly tells us of the importance and value of our faith. I believe that there is little that pleases God more than a profound faith in Him, and nothing can test our devotion to Him more than that of our faith.
God did not make us mindless drones. God also gave us an independent and free will. Where would the measure of man be without faith? What joy could one have in owning a mindless robot who always does as programmed, but does so without love – versus raising one’s own flesh and blood, one who is unreliable, imperfect and yet, very capable of love?
What would you value more: directing your child to create a birthday card for you, and having them sign it with a prepared statement – or being surprised by your child with a card that is imperfectly perfect in its demonstration of love for you?
What joy do you think God would have in finally forcing you to believe He is God by swooping in on a chariot in a cloud and parting the Red Sea for you? Surely God doesn’t want that. I believe that God wants you to trust in Him, and have faith that He is God. If we don’t have that faith and we demand some concrete form of what we consider to be evidence of His existence, then we are sorely missing God’s point, and falling way short of establishing a relationship with Him.