Do you have to understand God to love and trust Him? Well, no, not fully understand anyways. There are certainly some things we must come to know and understand about God. Those things He makes known to us, in order that we may come to love and trust Him. But there is so much about God, the world, and His dealings with us that we are just not given to know.
This may seem hard for us in the Information Age. We have so much data at the tips of our fingers. *take it from me, I just got my first smartphone a couple weeks ago* But we must remember a few important things. God is not obligated to tell us everything about Himself or the mystery of His will. There are many things that we have not been given to know – or know clearly – and we must accept this as part of God’s plan. But… God has given to us everything we need to understand in order to love and trust Him. Because that is ultimately what our role is. To love and trust the Revealed One. And now for an illustration from a smarter guy than me…
“I live daily with the grateful joy of knowing and trusting God. But knowing and trusting does not necessarily add up to understanding. Even knowing somebody very well is not the same as understanding them fully, as the most happily married couples will readily testify. And in everyday life we often have to trust people without ever quite understanding how they operate, as I am obliged to do every year in my tax return to the Inland Revenue. Similarily, to know God, to love and trust him with all one’s heart and soul and strength, is not the same as understanding God in all his ways. For as God himself reminds us, ‘…my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.'”
-Christopher Wright – The God I Don’t Understand