What is the meaning of Barack Obama's presidency? We know that his installment as the executive head of this country was God's doing. We are told so in Romans 13:1, "There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." But when we start to try to hypothesize as to God's thinking behind this current state of events, we ought to quickly come to the conclusion that we don't have much of a clue. Other hard questions complicate our cluelessness. Why were planes allowed to crash into New York skyscrapers eight years ago? Why does Indonesia keep getting smashed with tsunamis and earthquakes? Why are our loved ones suddenly snatched away from us before their time? Sure, a lot of people try to give answers to these questions, but the most honest among us can say little other than, "I don't know what God is up to, but I know that He is in control."
And, really, "I don't know" is a fantastic answer to those questions. Why should we think that we have to know? We each have our own tiny little spheres of awareness and understanding, and we can't even get inside the mind of a single other person. God, on the other hand, intimately knows all of His creation. He knows how every single mind works and how it is affected by every single event. In addition, he knows how tiny events on one side of the planet eventually effect events on the other. When I wash my car (okay, it could happen!), He knows where the soap runoff goes and what it affects, even though I have no idea. He's even planned it all to work together to accomplish His ends! He's got some crazy-complex master blueprint that includes everything - even supposedly random particle collisions in the rings of Saturn! And it all works for His purposes.
The smartest man who ever lived, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Himself, once penned these words, "As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything" (Ecclesiastes 11:5).
Really let that sink in for a second.
You may have read some textbook in biology class that explained cell division and blastocysts, but did it say anything about how the spirit of the child gets woven together with the flesh? What kind of microscope can you use to see that? None! How much are we told about that in the Bible? None! We don't have even the foggiest notion of a clue as to how God does that. And God says that just as we are clueless in that area, we are clueless as to His great designs in creation - other than what has been revealed to us in His word.
Can we be content with that? Can we just let Him be in control and confess our ignorance over a lot of these hard questions? I think we should. So what is our responsibility, then, if we can't control everything or even know what is going on? "Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:13). I'm going to trust Him and do what He says and let Him take care of all the details. And if I can't figure it out, that's okay. We've got a faithful, good, and just God at the helm of the universe who has everything under control.