Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I am often confronted by people whose prominent frustration in their Christian walk is that, from time to time, they can’t figure out God. They can’t understand certain parts of the Bible, especially Old Testament accounts. They don’t understand why He allows atrocities and injustices to occur throughout the world or can’t figure out why certain of their prayers go unanswered; the list goes on and on. The Bible tells us very clearly why this is so. Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord declared this eternal truth: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”(Isaiah 55:8-9) Do you always understand your parents or your siblings, spouse children, family, or neighbors? C’mon, aren’t there times in your life when you can’t even understand yourself? How in the world, then, are we ever going to understand God?
The great thing about all this is that we don’t have to understand Him. If He could ever do wrong or make mistakes, He wouldn’t be perfect and He wouldn’t be God. On the other hand, if we really believe that He is perfect and can do no wrong, why can’t we just trust Him? It is not a sin to have questions or doubts; after all, we’re human. What is dangerous is when our doubt is greater than our faith.
If you are in a situation today that has troubled or confused you and you can’t understand why God has allowed it, I plead with you to just trust Him. I suspect all of us have already thought of the many questions we will ask the Lord to answer and explain when we see Him in Heaven. I also suspect that when we do get there, either our questions will all be answered or else they won’t matter to us any more. One thing I often tell those whom I visit with and pray for upon leaving is that they are in good hands. I will tell you the same. Don’t worry, doubt, or fear, you are in good hands. In fact, if you are truly trusting in the Lord, you are in the best of care
Memory verse for the week: (2 Cor. 6:14) “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”