Be Comfortable Not Knowing | Joel Osteen

Be Comfortable Not Knowing | Joel Osteen


[MUSIC]>>JOEL OSTEEN: WELL, GOD BLESS YOU. IT’S A JOY TO COME INTO YOUR HOMES AND IF YOU’RE EVER IN OUR AREA PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A PART OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES. I PROMISE YOU WE’LL MAKE YOU FEEL RIGHT AT HOME, BUT I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING FUNNY, AND I HEARD ABOUT THIS LADY. SHE’D JUST GOT OUT OF CHOIR PRACTICE, AND SHE WAS SO FIRED UP SHE PUT A “HONK IF YOU LOVE JESUS” BUMPER STICKER ON HER CAR. AT THE INTERSECTION SHE WAS DIGGING IN HER PURSE AND DIDN’T NOTICE THAT THE LIGHT CHANGED. SHE SAID, “I WAS SO EXCITED TO FIND OUT THE GUY BEHIND ME LOVED JESUS. HE STARTED HONKING, SO I ROLLED MY WINDOW DOWN, WAVED REAL BIG, AND TOLD HIM I LOVE JESUS, TOO.” SHE SAID, “I FOUND OUT A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE JESUS. EVERYONE STARTED HONKING. ONE MAN EVEN SCREAMED, ‘JESUS CHRIST.'” SHE SAID, “AFTER WE SHARED ALL THAT LOVE TOGETHER, I WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT MADE IT THROUGH THE INTERSECTION.” HERE WE GO. THIS IS MY BIBLE. I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM. I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE. I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO. TODAY, I WILL BE TAUGHT THE WORD OF GOD. I BOLDLY CONFESS MY MIND IS ALERT. MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. IN JESUS’S NAME. GOD BLESS YOU. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY ABOUT “BE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING.” WE ALL FACE SITUATIONS WHERE WE DON’T SEE HOW THEY’RE GOING TO WORK OUT. WE LOOK AT THE FACTS, THE FIGURES, THE REPORTS. THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US. WE DO OUR BEST TO COME UP WITH A PLAN, TO FIND SOME KIND OF SOLUTION. WE THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE THE ANSWER OR IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS GOD DOESN’T WANT US TO KNOW. HE HAS THE SOLUTION, BUT IF HE SHOWED YOU RIGHT NOW, IT WOULDN’T TAKE ANY FAITH. IF YOU COULD SEE HOW YOUR CHILD IS GOING TO TURN OUT, THE DOORS GOD’S GOING TO OPEN FOR YOU, THE FAVOR, THE PROVISION, THE HEALING, IT WOULD BE EASY TO BELIEVE. THE TEST COMES WHEN WE DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER, WHEN WE DON’T SEE HOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. THOUGHTS TELL US, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE IT AFTER YOU RETIRE? WHAT IF YOU DON’T GET THAT SCHOLARSHIP? WHAT IF YOUR HEALTH DOESN’T IMPROVE?” THE PROBLEM IS SOMETIMES THERE IS NO LOGICAL SOLUTION. THE MORE WE TRY TO REASON IT OUT, THE MORE DISCOURAGED WE GET, THINKING, “WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?” BUT THIS IS WHAT FAITH IS ALL ABOUT. YOU HAVE TO BE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME UP WITH A PLAN. IT’S OKAY NOT TO KNOW. WHEN MOSES LED THE 2 MILLION ISRAELITES OUT OF SLAVERY INTO THE DESERT, THEY WERE HEADED TOWARD THE PROMISED LAND. VERY EXCITED. GOD HAD JUST BROUGHT THEM OUT OF YEARS OF CAPTIVITY. I CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE ASKING MOSES, “WHERE ARE WE GOING TO CAMP IN THE DESERT?” MOSES SAID, “I DON’T KNOW.” “WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET FOOD?” “I DON’T KNOW.” “WHERE IS THE WATER SUPPLY?” “I DON’T KNOW.” “MOSES, WHAT ROUTE ARE WE GOING TO TAKE?” “I DON’T KNOW.” THEY COULD HAVE THOUGHT, “MOSES, WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU?” BUT JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW DOESN’T MEAN GOD DOESN’T HAVE A PLAN. MOSES WAS COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING. HE HAD SUCH A TRUST IN GOD. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND HOW EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO WORK OUT. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THE DETAILS. HE TOOK IT ONE STEP AT A TIME AND SOMETIMES WE THINK IT’S A LACK OF FAITH TO SAY, “I DON’T KNOW.” WE THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT. TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF. YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW. GOD KNOWS. HE HAS YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. HE’S DIRECTING YOUR STEPS. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS GOD HAS PLANNED OUT ALL OF YOUR DAYS. HE HAS A BLUEPRINT FOR YOUR LIFE. HERE IS THE CATCH: GOD DOESN’T GIVE US THE DETAILS. IF HE SHOWED YOU ALL HE HAS IN STORE YOU’D NOT ONLY BE AMAZED, IT WOULD NOT ONLY EXCITE YOU, BUT WHEN YOU SAW WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO GET THERE, THE GIANTS YOU’RE GOING TO FACE, THE CLOSED DOORS, THE TIMES YOU HAVE TO STRETCH, YOU MIGHT SAY, “THAT’S OKAY, GOD. I’LL STAY WHERE I AM.” ONE REASON GOD DOESN’T SHOW US IS, HE KNOWS WE WOULD TALK OURSELVES OUT OF IT. WHEN YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW SOMETHING IS GOING TO WORK OUT, YOU START WORRYING, LOSING SLEEP, THAT’S A SIGN GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW. YOU HAVE TO BE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING, WHEN YOU SAY, “GOD, I DON’T SEE HOW MY BUSINESS IS GOING TO MAKE IT. I DON’T SEE HOW MY FAMILY IS GOING TO BE RESTORED. I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M GOING TO RAISE THESE CHILDREN, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO LIVE STRESSED, WORRIED. GOD, I TRUST YOU WHEN I DON’T SEE A WAY. I TRUST YOU WHEN I DON’T HAVE THE ANSWER. I REALIZE I DON’T HAVE TO KNOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW AND YOU CONTROL THE UNIVERSE.” THAT ATTITUDE OF FAITH IS WHAT ALLOWS GOD TO DO AMAZING THINGS. SEE, THE TRUTH IS, GOD HAD THE SOLUTION BEFORE YOU HAD THE PROBLEM. HE COULD SHOW YOU THE DETAILS. HE COULD SHOW YOU HOW IT’S GOING TO RESOLVE. IF HE’S NOT, THEN IT’S A TEST. HE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW RIGHT NOW. WILL YOU TRUST HIM EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T SEE HOW IT COULD HAPPEN? I’M THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT WANTS TO KNOW. I LIKE TO HAVE A PLAN. I’M DETAILED, ORGANIZED. I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO FIGURE THINGS OUT. WHEN I DON’T SEE A WAY I USED TO GET STRESSED. I WAS TEMPTED TO LIVE UPTIGHT AND ON EDGE, AND IT’S VERY FREEING WHEN YOU LEARN THIS PRINCIPLE THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW. IT’S OKAY TO SAY LIKE MOSES, “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK OUT, BUT I’M AT PEACE.” THAT’S NOT A LACK OF FAITH. IT’S JUST THE OPPOSITE. YOU’RE TAKING YOURSELF OFF THE THRONE AND PUTTING GOD BACK ON THE THRONE, BUT WHEN WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT, COME UP WITH OUR PLAN, “IF I CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN,” AND MANIPULATE THIS SITUATION, CONVINCE THIS PERSON TO LIKE ME, REALLY WE’RE BEING GOD. AS LONG AS YOU’RE ON THE THRONE GOD WILL STEP BACK, BUT WHEN YOU SAY, “GOD, I DON’T KNOW HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO WORRY. I’M NOT GOING TO KEEP TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT. GOD, I TRUST YOU. I KNOW YOUR PLANS FOR ME ARE FOR GOOD,” WHEN YOU’RE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING GOD WILL MAKE THINGS HAPPEN THAT YOU COULDN’T MAKE HAPPEN. WHEN WE ACQUIRED THIS BUILDING, THE FORMER COMPAQ CENTER, IT WAS GOING TO COST $100 MILLION TO RENOVATE. WE HAD TO PUT IN OUR OWN POWER PLANT AND AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM. WHEN I LOOKED AT THE NUMBERS ON PAPER THERE WAS NO WAY WE COULD RAISE THOSE FUNDS IN THAT AMOUNT OF TIME. WE RAN THE PROJECTIONS, ANALYZED IT. EVEN IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIOS WE WERE STILL MILLIONS SHORT. EVERY DAY I WAS TEMPTED TO WORRY. EVERY DAY A THOUGHT SAID, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK OUT.” WE HAD ALREADY SIGNED THE LOAN. CONSTRUCTION HAD ALREADY STARTED. ON A CERTAIN DATE, RIGHT BEFORE WE MOVED IN, WE HAD TO MAKE THIS LARGE LUMP SUM PAYMENT. WE DIDN’T HAVE IT. THERE WASN’T ANY SIGN WE WOULD GET IT AND THE CLOSER WE CAME TO THAT DATE THE MORE PRESSURED I FELT, BUT WHEN I WAS TEMPTED TO BE STRESSED I WOULD ALWAYS COME BACK TO THIS FACT: “GOD, I KNOW YOU GAVE US THIS BUILDING. I SAW YOU CHANGE A COUNCIL MEMBER’S MIND TO VOTE FOR US THAT HAD BEEN AGAINST US. I KNOW IT WAS YOUR FAVOR THAT OPENED THE DOOR, AND I KNOW YOU DIDN’T BRING US THIS FAR TO LEAVE US. NOW, I DON’T KNOW HOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT I’M OKAY NOT KNOWING HOW BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE STILL ON THE THRONE.” TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE BIG PAYMENT WAS DUE WE UNEXPECTEDLY SOLD A PIECE OF PROPERTY. WE WERE TOLD IT WOULD SELL FOR A CERTAIN PRICE. IT SOLD FOR ALMOST TWICE THAT AMOUNT. IT WAS THE HAND OF GOD STEPPING IN AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME, MAKING A WAY WHERE WE DIDN’T SEE A WAY. YOU MAY HAVE SOME THINGS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT. YOU DON’T SEE THE ANSWER. THAT’S OKAY. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEE IT. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED. DON’T START COMPLAINING. GOD IS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES. HE’S ABOUT TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN THAT YOU DIDN’T SEE COMING. IT’S GOING TO BE UNUSUAL, OUT OF THE ORDINARY. YOU’RE GOING TO KNOW IT’S THE GOODNESS OF GOD. MOSES DIDN’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. HE DIDN’T KNOW HOW THE ISRAELITES WOULD MAKE IT THROUGH THE DESERT, BUT GOD GAVE THEM MANNA TO EAT EACH MORNING, SOMETHING LIKE BREAD THAT FORMED ON THE GROUND. GOD BROUGHT WATER OUT OF A ROCK. UNUSUAL. UNCOMMON. GOD BROUGHT THE WALLS OF JERICHO DOWN NOT BY THEM FIGHTING, BUT BY THEM SIMPLY MARCHING AROUND THEM. SUPERNATURAL PROVISION. SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION. WHAT AM I SAYING? JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE ANSWERS DOESN’T MEAN GOD IS NOT GOING TO SHOW UP AND DO SOMETHING AMAZING IN YOUR LIFE. NOW, MY CHALLENGE IS TRUST HIM WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. BE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS LEAN NOT TO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. TAKE THIS IN THE RIGHT SENSE, BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TURN YOUR MIND OFF. DON’T TRY TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT. YES, USE WISDOM, USE COMMON SENSE, BUT WHEN YOU START GETTING FRUSTRATED, YOU CAN’T FIND A SOLUTION, YOU’RE TEMPTED TO LIVE WORRIED, THAT’S A SIGN GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW. MY FATHER PASTORED LAKEWOOD FOR 40 YEARS. HE NEVER RAISED UP A SUCCESSOR LIKE MOST CHURCHES DO. HE DIDN’T HAVE A COMMITTEE, “GO OUT AND FIND THE NEXT PASTOR.” DEEP DOWN I BELIEVE HE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. HE ALWAYS WANTED HIS FAMILY TO TAKE OVER, BUT THERE WASN’T ANYTHING FORMALLY PUT IN PLACE. WHEN HE WAS IN HIS 70S PEOPLE WOULD ASK HIM, “WHO’S GOING TO TAKE LAKEWOOD? WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU’RE GONE?” MY FATHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL THEM, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT I KNOW THIS: GOD IS NOT GOING TO LET IT GO DOWN.” HE WOULD TELL PEOPLE, “IT’S NOT MY CHURCH. IT’S GOD’S CHURCH.” I’M ALL FOR HAVING STRUCTURE, HAVING A PLAN, BUT GOD’S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS. HE DOESN’T DO IT THE SAME WAY EVERY TIME. SOMETIMES HE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW. IT’S A TEST OF YOUR FAITH. WILL YOU TRUST HIM OR WILL YOU LIVE WORRIED, UPSET, WONDERING IF IT’S EVER GOING TO WORK OUT? WHEN MY FATHER DIED, I HAD ONLY MINISTERED ONE TIME, THE WEEK BEFORE HE PASSED, BUT WHEN HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD I KNEW I WAS SUPPOSED TO STEP UP AND PASTOR THE CHURCH. I NEVER HAD THE DESIRE BEFORE, BUT SUDDENLY GOD PUT THAT DESIRE IN ME. HAD MY FATHER TRIED TO MAKE ME THE PASTOR BEFORE HE DIED, I WOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT. WHAT MAY BE THE NORMAL WAY MAY NOT BE THE WAY GOD DOES IT FOR YOU. GOD DIDN’T SHOW MY FATHER WHO THE NEXT PASTOR WAS. HE COULD HAVE LIVED FRUSTRATED, TRIED TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, BUT MY FATHER WAS COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING. HE KNEW GOD WAS IN CONTROL. HE TRUSTED HIS PLAN. GOD MAY NOT BE SHOWING YOU THE FUTURE, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S NOT GOING TO TURN OUT BETTER THAN YOU’VE IMAGINED. I’M SURE MY FATHER IS LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN NOW WITH A BIG SMILE, SAYING, “LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE.” IT’S MORE THAN HE EVER DREAMED. WHEN YOU’RE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING IT SAVES YOU SO MUCH STRESS, WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE SOMETHING OUT IT’S BECAUSE GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO FIGURE IT OUT RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN ANALYZE THE SITUATION, REASON IT OUT, WORRY FOR SIX MONTHS. NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE. IT’S MUCH BETTER TO SAY, “I DON’T HAVE THE ANSWER, BUT I’M OKAY BECAUSE, GOD, I KNOW YOU HAVE THE ANSWER.” PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 8:26, “WE KNOW NOT WHAT TO PRAY.” HERE IS A MAN THAT WROTE ALMOST HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF HIS DAY, YET HE SAID, “WE KNOW NOT.” HE WAS COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT HE DIDN’T KNOW. HE DIDN’T SEE IT AS A LACK OF FAITH TO ADMIT, “I DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PRAY. I HAVE UNCERTAINTY, THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND, THINGS I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY’RE GOING TO WORK OUT.” THE REASON PAUL COULD SAY THIS AND NOT BE WORRIED, BITTER, “GOD, WHY ISN’T HAPPENING? WHEN IS IT GOING TO WORK OUT?” IS FOUND TWO VERSES LATER. HE SAID IN VERSE 26, “WE KNOW NOT.” BUT IN VERSE 28 HE SAID, “WE KNOW ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE THE LORD.” THE WAY YOU CAN SAY “WE KNOW NOT” AND NOT BE WORRIED IS IF YOU KNOW ALL THINGS ARE WORKING FOR YOUR GOOD. I KNOW NOT HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT, BUT I DO KNOW WHO’S ON THE THRONE. I DO KNOW WHO’S DIRECTING OUR STEPS. I DO KNOW WHO’S PLANNED OUT OUR DAYS. ARE YOU FRUSTRATED OVER WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, BY WHAT YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT? HAVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE. EVEN PAUL SAID, “I KNOW NOT.” IT’S OKAY TO NOT HAVE THE ANSWERS. ONE TIME, PAUL AND HIS FRIEND SILAS WERE IN PRISON. THEY HAD BEEN OUT SHARING THE GOOD NEWS, HADN’T DONE ANYTHING WRONG, BUT PEOPLE STIRRED UP OPPOSITION. HAD THEM ARRESTED. THEY WERE PUT IN THE DEEPEST PART OF THE DUNGEON, WITH SHACKLES ON THEIR FEET. THEY DIDN’T KNOW IF THEY’D EVER GET OUT, IF THEY’D HAVE A FAIR TRIAL, OR IF THEY’D BE PUT TO DEATH LIKE THE DISCIPLE JAMES. THEY HAD ALL THESE QUESTIONS THAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANSWERS TO, THINGS THAT WERE OUT OF THEIR CONTROL. I’M SURE THOUGHTS TOLD THEM, “IT’S NOT GOING TO TURN OUT GOOD. YOU’VE SEEN YOUR BEST DAYS.” THEY COULD HAVE LIVED WORRIED, BITTER, FRUSTRATED, BUT AT MIDNIGHT, INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING, THEY WERE SINGING PRAISES AND GIVING THANKS TO GOD. THEIR ATTITUDE WAS, “WE KNOW NOT HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT, BUT WE KNOW THIS: GOD IS IN CONTROL. PEOPLE CAN’T STOP OUR DESTINY. HIM BEING FOR US IS MORE THAN THE WORLD BEING AGAINST US.” WHILE THEY WERE SINGING PRAISES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT SUDDENLY THERE WAS A GREAT EARTHQUAKE. PRISON DOORS FLUNG OPEN. CHAINS FELL OFF THEIR FEET. THEY WALKED OUT AS FREE MEN. YOU MAY NOT SEE HOW YOUR SITUATION CAN WORK OUT. THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU. YOU’VE COME UP WITH THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS. NOTHING LOOKS GOOD TO YOU. YOU, TOO, COULD LIVE FRUSTRATED, WORRIED. NO, BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GOD. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT. HE’S ON THE THRONE. HE HAS THE SOLUTION. THE REASON WE CAN’T SEE IT IS BECAUSE WE THINK NATURAL, BUT GOD IS SUPERNATURAL. HE’S GOING TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN OUT OF THE ORDINARY, THINGS THAT YOU CAN’T SEE. IT’S VERY POWERFUL WHEN YOU CAN SAY, “I KNOW NOT WHERE THE FINANCES ARE COMING FROM. I KNOW NOT HOW MY CHILD IS GOING TO GET ON COURSE. I KNOW NOT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, BUT I DO KNOW GOD IS ON THE THRONE. HE’S FIGHTING MY BATTLES. HIS PLANS FOR ME ARE FOR GOOD. WHAT HE STARTED IN MY LIFE HE WILL FINISH.” YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW HOW AS LONG AS YOU KNOW WHO IS IN CONTROL. THAT’S WHEN THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE WILL OPEN DOORS YOU COULDN’T OPEN, BREAK CHAINS THAT HAVE HELD YOU BACK, BRING DREAMS TO PASS THAT SEEM IMPOSSIBLE. WHEN YOU KNOW NOT, DO LIKE PAUL AND SILAS. DON’T SIT AROUND DEPRESSED. KEEP THANKING GOD THAT HE’S WORKING. KEEP TALKING LIKE IT’S ON THE WAY. KEEP THAT SONG OF PRAISE IN YOUR HEART. KEEP BEING GOOD TO PEOPLE. KEEP DOING THE RIGHT THING. DON’T LET WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW AND WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE KEEP YOUR FAITH FROM BEING RELEASED. BUT WHEN WE FACE THESE DIFFICULTIES, WHEN WE DON’T SEE AN ANSWER, MANY TIMES THERE IS A VOICE CONSTANTLY WHISPERING, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?” TRYING TO PRESSURE US, GET US TO LIVE UPTIGHT, STRESSED OUT. BUT WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THE ANSWER, THAT IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO FIGURE IT OUT, WHEN YOU’RE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING IT TAKES THE PRESSURE OFF. SOMEONE SAYS TO YOU, “I HEARD ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?” OUR ANSWER SHOULD BE, “I DON’T KNOW, BUT I KNOW THE ONE WHO DOES.” IT’S OKAY NOT TO KNOW. YOU HAVE TO BE AT PEACE WITH WHAT YOU KNOW NOT AND IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER TO IN YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FINANCES, YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, YOU WOULD NORMALLY SPEND WORRIED, TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT, TAKE THAT SAME TIME AND START THANKING GOD THAT HE’S WORKING. THANK HIM THAT HE’S MAKING YOUR CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT. THANK HIM THAT WHAT’S MEANT FOR HARM HE’S TURNING TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. THANK HIM THAT ALL THINGS ARE WORKING FOR YOUR GOOD. YOU WEREN’T CREATED TO LIVE UPTIGHT, WORRIED, PRESSURED, AND SOMETIMES WE’RE BRINGING THIS ON OURSELVES, TRYING TO FIGURE SOMETHING OUT THAT GOD DOESN’T WANT US TO FIGURE OUT RIGHT NOW. I MET A MAN THAT HAD BEEN IN A LEGAL BATTLE FOR OVER TEN YEARS. IT INVOLVED SEVERAL DIFFERENT PARTIES AND THINGS WERE MOVING SO SLOWLY AND IF IT DIDN’T TURN OUT IN HIS FAVOR HE WAS GOING TO LOSE HIS FREEDOM. HE WENT THROUGH EVERY POSSIBLE SCENARIO. FOR YEARS IF HE WASN’T AT THE OFFICE, HE WAS AT HOME WORKING ON HIS CASE WITH HIS LEGAL TEAM, AND THEY DIDN’T SEE HOW IT COULD RESOLVE IN HIS FAVOR. AFTER ABOUT FIVE YEARS OF LIVING STRESSED, WORRIED, NOT ENJOYING HIS FAMILY, HAVING THIS HANGING OVER HIS HEAD, HE DID WHAT I’M ASKING US TO DO. HE SAID, “GOD, I DON’T SEE A SOLUTION. I DON’T SEE A LOGICAL ANSWER, SO I’M GOING TO QUIT TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT. I’M GOING TO STOP WORRYING. GOD, I’M TURNING THIS OVER TO YOU.” HE TOOK HIMSELF OFF THE THRONE AND PUT GOD BACK ON THE THRONE. INSTEAD OF WORRYING HE STARTED THANKING GOD THAT HE WAS FIGHTING HIS BATTLES AND THANKING HIM THAT NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIM WOULD PROSPER AND ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS AGO HE RECEIVED WORD OUT OF THE BLUE THAT THE OTHER PARTIES DROPPED THE LAWSUIT. ALL THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIM WERE DISMISSED. HE SAID, “JOEL, I NEVER EVEN FATHOMED THIS. IT WASN’T EVEN ONE OF MY OPTIONS. I WAS JUST PRAYING THAT GOD WOULD HELP ME WIN THE TRIAL, THAT I’D HAVE FAVOR WITH THE AUTHORITIES.” GOD’S WAYS ARE BETTER THAN YOUR WAYS. WHAT GOD HAS IN MIND IS MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT YOU HAVE IN MIND. NOW DON’T BE DISCOURAGED BY WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, BY WHAT YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT GOD IS UP TO. IT’S GOING TO SURPRISE YOU. LIKE THIS MAN, PROBLEMS SUDDENLY RESOLVE IN YOUR FAVOR. THE MEDICAL REPORT SAYS NO WAY, BUT GOD MAKES A WAY. YOU DON’T SEE HOW YOU COULD GET OUT OF DEBT. AN EXPLOSIVE BLESSING, A CONTRACT, A PROMOTION, SOMETHING THAT THRUSTS YOU AHEAD. IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN OUT OF THE ORDINARY. THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T SEE IT NOW. THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T FIND THE ANSWER. GOD’S GOING TO DO IT A SUPERNATURAL WAY. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF HIS FAVOR, SOMETHING THAT YOU WEREN’T EXPECTING. GOD TOLD ABRAHAM TO LEAVE HIS COUNTRY AND GO TO A LAND THAT HE WOULD SHOW HIM. IT’S INTERESTING THAT GOD DIDN’T TELL HIM WHERE. I CAN IMAGINE ABRAHAM TOLD HIS WIFE, SARAH, THAT THEY WERE MOVING. SARAH SAID, “GREAT. THAT’S EXCITING. WHERE ARE WE GOING?” ABRAHAM SAID, “I DON’T KNOW.” “WELL, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?” “I DON’T KNOW.” “WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE?” “I DON’T KNOW.” ABRAHAM WOULD HAVE NEVER BECOME THE FATHER OF OUR FAITH IF HE HAD NOT BEEN COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING. WHEN YOU STUDY THE OTHER HEROES OF FAITH YOU’LL SEE HOW MANY TIMES THEY HAD TO SAY, “WE KNOW NOT.” DAVID, “I KNOW NOT HOW I’M GOING TO DEFEAT THIS GIANT. HE’S TWICE MY SIZE, BUT I KNOW THE LORD IS ON MY SIDE.” JOSEPH SITTING IN A PIT BETRAYED BY HIS FAMILY, “I KNOW NOT HOW I’M GOING TO LEAD A NATION LIKE THE DREAM GOD GAVE ME, BUT, GOD, I TRUST YOUR PLAN.” THE WAY THEY STAYED IN FAITH IS THEY KNEW VERSE 28, SO TO SPEAK, THAT ALL THINGS WERE WORKING FOR THEIR GOOD. WHEN THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE ANSWERS THEY BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS STILL IN CONTROL. GOD GAVE ABRAHAM THE PROMISE THAT HE AND HIS WIFE, SARAH, WERE GOING TO HAVE A BABY WHEN THEY WERE WAY TOO OLD. YEARS PASSED WITH NO SIGN OF A CHILD. EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT ABRAHAM UNDERSTOOD THIS PRINCIPLE. HE SAID, IN EFFECT, “WE KNOW NOT HOW IT CAN HAPPEN. THERE’S NO WAY IN THE NATURAL, BUT, GOD, WE TRUST YOU. WE BELIEVE WHAT YOU PROMISED WILL COME TO PASS.” SARAH GAVE BIRTH AT 90 YEARS OF AGE. GOD DID MORE THAN THEY DREAMED. THAT LITTLE BABY, THEY NAMED HIM ISAAC. HE GREW TO A YOUNG MAN. GOD TOLD ABRAHAM TO TAKE HIM ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN AND SACRIFICE HIM. THEY TRAVELED THREE DAYS. FINALLY ARRIVED AT THE LOCATION. ISAAC SAID, “DAD, WE HAVE THE FIRE, WE HAVE THE WOOD, BUT WHERE IS THE SACRIFICE?” ABRAHAM SAID, “THE LORD WILL PROVIDE.” IT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE THAT GOD WOULD GIVE ABRAHAM A SON, THIS CHILD HE WAITED SO LONG FOR, AND THEN TELL HIM TO TAKE HIS LIFE. DON’T YOU KNOW ABRAHAM DIDN’T UNDERSTAND? NO DOUBT HE WAS CONFUSED, HE HAD UNCERTAINTY, BUT HIS ATTITUDE WAS, “GOD, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING, BUT I TRUST YOU.” THIS IS THE KEY TO FAITH: TRUSTING WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, TRUSTING WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE ANSWERS, TRUSTING WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE JUST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU WERE HOPING FOR. THIS IS WHEN IT’S EASY TO GET NEGATIVE, CRITICAL. “GOD, WHY ISN’T IT WORKING OUT?” NOT KNOWING IS A TEST. WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW, WHEN IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE, THAT DETERMINES WHAT GOD DOES, AND ABRAHAM WAS ABOUT TO SACRIFICE HIS SON WHEN AN ANGEL SUDDENLY STOPPED HIM. HE LOOKED OVER AND SAW A RAM CAUGHT IN THE BUSH. RAMS DON’T NORMALLY GO THAT HIGH UP IN THE MOUNTAIN. ABRAHAM SACRIFICED THE RAM INSTEAD OF HIS SON. HE NAMED THAT PLACE JEHOVAH-JIREH. THAT MEANS THE LORD OUR PROVIDER. GOD IS SHOWING US WHEN YOU PASS THE TEST OF NOT KNOWING SUPERNATURAL PROVISION IS COMING. NOW, YOU MAY BE WHERE ABRAHAM WAS. GOD’S PROMISED YOU SOMETHING, BUT IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. SEEMS LIKE IT’S TOO LATE. YOU DON’T SEE HOW YOU COULD HAVE THE BABY, HOW YOU COULD GET WELL, OR SEE HOW YOU COULD ACCOMPLISH THE DREAM. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEE IT FOR GOD TO DO IT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. WHAT GOD HAS SPOKEN OVER YOUR LIFE IS STILL ON THE WAY. JUST LIKE THAT RAM WAS WAY UP IN THE MOUNTAIN, GOD HAS PROVISION COMING FOR YOU, SOMETHING THAT WOULDN’T NORMALLY HAPPEN, SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY: FAVOR, PROMOTION, DIVINE CONNECTIONS. BECAUSE YOU TRUSTED WHEN YOU DIDN’T UNDERSTAND, GOD’S GOING TO DO THINGS FOR YOU THAT YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN, PROMOTION THAT YOU DIDN’T WORK FOR, HAVING A BABY WHEN YOU WERE TOLD IT’S TOO LATE, GETTING WELL WHEN THE MEDICAL REPORT SAID YOU WERE DONE, SEEING YOUR BUSINESS TAKE OFF, SEEING YOUR FAMILY RESTORED. WHAT IS THAT? THE RAM IN THE THICKET. WHEN YOU OBEY WITHOUT THE DETAILS, WHEN YOU STAY IN FAITH WHEN YOU DON’T SEE ANY SIGN OF THE ANSWER, WHEN YOU BELIEVE WHEN EVERY THOUGHT TELLS YOU THERE’S NO WAY, LIKE WITH ABRAHAM, GOD WILL SHOW OUT IN YOUR LIFE. HE’LL CAUSE YOU TO DEFY THE ODDS, TO GO PLACES YOU COULDN’T GO ON YOUR OWN. NOW I’M ASKING YOU TO BE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWING. QUIT WORRYING ABOUT THOSE THINGS YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT. GOD HAS YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS YOU HAVE TO SAY, “I KNOW NOT,” BUT DON’T STOP THERE. GO TWO MORE VERSES AND SAY WITH PAUL, “I KNOW ALL THINGS ARE WORKING FOR MY GOOD.” IF YOU’LL DO THIS I BELIEVE AND DECLARE YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE THIS SUPERNATURAL PROVISION, SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION, FAVOR, HEALING, DIVINE CONNECTIONS. GOD IS NOT GOING TO JUST BRING PROMISES TO PASS, BUT, LIKE THAT MAN I TALKED ABOUT, IT’S GOING TO TURN OUT BETTER THAN YOU IMAGINED IN JESUS’S NAME. IF YOU RECEIVE IT CAN YOU SAY AMEN TODAY? I’D LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE. WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME? JUST SAY, LORD JESUS, I REPENT OF MY SINS. COME INTO MY HEART. I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND SAVIOR. IF YOU PRAYED THAT SIMPLE PRAYER WE BELIEVE YOU GOT BORN AGAIN. GET IN A GOOD BIBLE-BASED CHURCH. KEEP GOD FIRST PLACE.>JOEL: THANKS FOR WATCHING THE MESSAGE. I HOPE IT INSPIRED AND UPLIFTED YOU. MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE TO STAY CONNECTED. THERE ARE NEW MESSAGES EVERY WEEK. WE LOVE YOU AND WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

100 thoughts on “Be Comfortable Not Knowing | Joel Osteen

  1. Right after listening to tjis message God delievered a miracle in my life thank you again joel i was depressed before i came to your message God came through for me. People our God still does miracles dont ever lose hope ☺ glory to God ☺

  2. This message has encouraged me. I forget how I need to keep leaning on God and not my own understanding. I know I had a mental stronghold that my security comes from understanding all that is happening in my life and I got the revelation that Jesus alone is my security. Thank you Lord for your mercy. Sometimes, going through a trial, we can forget the truth of God's word, i need to remember this for me rest of my days.

  3. Joel Osteen, I love you, your message definetly, inspire and uplifted me, you know how to teach people to have faith, its something that its hard to understand but make it so easy 😊thank you❀

  4. just a while ago i was carrying a heavy burden in my heart full of worries and uncertainties. i didn't know how to loosen up and calm myself down cus i was totally caught up w something that ive just heard about & that's not yet happening to me. i was told of the worst case scenario about our professor and it pressured me up to the highest lvl. worries came, anxiety striked. then it seemed like a bulb lit up above my head & ure the first person that came into my mind. now i'm here, just finished the video, and it made such a big difference. i am now calmed down, i am at peace, tho i still have the tendency to be swayed by my uncertainties, at least now i know and i am firm at the thought that God is with me. I may not know everything, but I know everything is already planned out by Him. Thank you so much for this. May the Lord smile on you! ❀

  5. Amen…people bash this man but I love the messages my Jesus gives him to share with us…I am not glorifying him but he loves my Jesus and my Jesus loves him…and his messages bless me and help a whole lot with my everyday life. What a beautiful inspiring message. Thank you Pastor Osteen.

  6. Am confused please pray for me am living in an adulterous marriage and children are involved.Secondly am talented but am not rich…My whole life is confusing me..

  7. Thank for everything.before I was crying so much but now i feel much better with the same problem.God work through you.Be bless Joel !

  8. God please line my life up for Righteousness for your name sake. That's my True desire. I am not letting up on my Faith. It's been over seven years now. I will never stop believing πŸ™‚πŸ™‚. For you to line my Life up.

  9. Thanks Pastor, for sharing such wonderful message it came through me when I needed the most, I believe God certainly doing supernatural things for all those people who are counting on him with faith. God bless you , your church and your family.

  10. Amen and Amen Lord,
    Am trusting you for My future husbd, kids,ministry and finances.
    Thanx GodπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  11. I don't know when things are going to get better but I am going to trust god for deliverance in his timing Deuteronomy 7:7:8 trust godπŸ—½πŸŒˆπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  12. So profound,I was just crying because of something I was not sure about and I said to God "I am going to type in Joel Osteen show me what I need see " and just like that this was the first video I say so I clicked .I just want say now I am so content,full of joy because I know I have no need to worry God will work all things out for me

  13. 414 people are not in the habit of hearing a message to the end. They see a face and the judge the book before listening….

  14. I was worrying all summer bc I messed up in school and I could be staying back but hearing this message I think that everything is going to be okay I have a meeting that I'm supposed to go to but I don't feel nervous about it. Thank God πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’―

  15. Thanks Joel Osteen may God bless you together with your family and still your ministry God has used a lot I was addicted with drugs am free from hearing everyday your sermon grouly to God.

  16. This is awesome! I have to listen to this everyday to stay sane!…this is powerful and so true! All I'm going thru the devil is trying to convince me nothing is going to work out! This is why we must keep our eyes minds and hearts on God Almighty!!! Hallelujah!!! πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ

  17. In one of your lessons, you talked about the mother of Judas and it made me think that even Judas can be forgiven because of the prayers of his mother. πŸ™‚

  18. The past two months have been really miserable for me with the stuff going on in my life. I lost my childhood pet , ill grandparents and the girl of my dreams broke up with me because of a lot of stuff going on in her life. For the past two months almost everyday has felt horrible because I don't know the future of my grandparents or if me and the girl I love will figure it out when we get back to college soon. I just wanted to say this video helped a lot and made me not as anxious when thinking about the future. I really hope anyone else that comments / watches this that things work out for you and that things look up. Please god just give me a chance to rekindle things with the girl I love that my life can start to improve again.

  19. Put your trust on the lord he in control πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’― He will bless you all β€οΈπŸ™πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ή

  20. I visited my favorite pastor while in Houston and the whole Service was awesome .. I enjoyed everything also got too sit in the front next too him well not next too him but around that area it was amazing can’t wait too visit next year

  21. Just exactly what I needed.. Been out of a job for a year now and I don't know how this is gonna work out..been praying and nothing seem to be working.. Please pray for meπŸ™

  22. Yes be comfortable not knowing and ask questions especially on superstitious magical stuff that would be impossible in normal circumstances like virgin birth, resurrection and existence of god.

  23. My heart is heavy right now, over things I have no control over . I've cried , I've prayed, I know I'm not a victim I'm a VICTOR ,and God will see me through this . Prayer works . God bless all of you

  24. Jesus Christ, stated I am the Truth, way and the Life! Always look for the Truth, for the Truth shall set you free! The devil, doesn’t want you finding the the Truth way and Life!!! He is the Father of Liars , Deceiver and Destroyer, don’t follow false prophets who shall led you astray!

  25. I also need prayers. God knows my heart desires. I really need a miracle before the end of this coming month. I need to testify about my worrying problem

  26. I went back to getting drunk crying and in a deep depression not knowing WHAT is about to happen in my husband AND i situation.πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯😭😭

  27. How very true. Our God of suprises works in ways which are not ours. Use time of waiting wisely. He is amazing!!!!!

  28. I pray for all people across the board. I also request all believers / followers of Christ Jesus to be attentive of the fact that Jesus did NOT teach the salvation doctrine being taught by almost all churches across the country and globe– That " you are justified by faith alone" This doctrine is inaccurate and in fact it is a cruel joke on what Jesus taught. I have, using my own resources, recorded and uploaded a video where I have shared a number of verses quoting the Messiah Himself— what HIS rules of salvation were. Jesus commanded His followers to OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS and DO THE WILL OF GOD, for the Saving Grace applied only to THOSE who were willing to obey and do the will of God against their own will. I would highly encourage all viewers to view the clips and examine the verses, and the case presented, for themselves. May the Lord Jesus Christ's blessings be on all
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaVo5d5eSQU&list=PLVqUWnUDnbxmbl31kYi4w-4uSXpWcwERk&index=2&t=469s

  29. God blesses us in a way to let us know that He is the True God. It's not our way but God's way. The battle is not ours but the Lord πŸ’˜.

  30. so long you know that Jesus died for you, then you have to trust in him no matter what happen on your way, he is watching at you. what you need to do is put everything in his hand and he will work it out for you. if God show you the details you will claim that you know every thing than God.

  31. They want to know.but don't want you to know..so careful when ever trying to connect dots.somethings are better not knowing.its like going over someone house you don't really like.but you just got to figure something out.because of your gut knowing how it's gonna be make you look.because you stayed focus.then you ask the question.just to find out your girl was just their the day before.but never tell her you know. N it's person you could never call a friend.but you just had to know.when your gut been telling you so for months.but you just had to figure out.hiw you were going to go about figuring this out.no matter what label they try to give you.esp when you get up an walk out.now they know you know.

  32. Pray for me I'm emotionally attached to someone and I hate that they have control over me ,I have to study and these next two years will determine the rest of my life, please pray for me I dont know what to do and my mind isnt at peace I feel like it's my fault and it is but I dont know what to do

  33. This is an amazing sermon – God is truly universal – it coincides with the Hajj which concept is that of Abraham obeying God to sacrifice his son … blessings to Joel Osteen.

  34. I really needed this today. I'm losing sleep over 2 major things I'm going to thru. I need prayers for faith I really need it.

  35. Every one in this world has a struggle sooner or later. Problems with health, family, finances and spirituality. I'm going through some difficult times. I owe three months of mortgage payments. I got a foreclosure notice. My job rarely pays. My husband got a Dui and he is going to be in jail for two months because he couldn't control his addiction. I have two children to take care of but I rather believe I have a God than have nothing or no one to turn to. It's better to have a purpose, then nothing at all

  36. Thank you pastor Joel for these words .its right on time, am jobless in foreign country no money no nothing no hope .but from now on i will rest not knowing wat God has for me

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