During King David’s reign, the land suffered through a three-year famine. When David asked God about it, God said that it was because of the Gibeonites who had been killed by King Saul. So, David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the Lord’s inheritance?” They gave him their answer, King David followed through with action, and afterward, God answered David’s prayer for the land. Some Old Testament accounts are difficult to understand from our present day perspective. God’s mercy and justice, however, are consistent with His character, even when we might not see the full picture.
This principle has not changed. It is a timeless truth that God is trustworthy so we can trust Him. At times we would love to know the full story; we want to see more clearly the step in front of us, and the step in front of that step. Walking by faith is what God calls His people to do. It’s not like the blind leading the blind. He faithfully leads those who are faithful to Him. This kind of faith journey increases our dependency on the One who knows what is best for each of His children.