In the wake of tragedies and catastrophes, the question is always asked, “How can God allow such things to happen?” While many Christians may roll their eyes at such a notion, I honestly believe it is a fair question. Let’s be real. There are some things that happen, that if I were an all-powerful God, I would stop. If I were an all-knowing God, by my own estimation, certain things would never be allowed. But the simple fact remains that we are not God, and most importantly God is NOT like us!
God declares to the prophet Isaiah (55:8-9, New American Standard Bible), “My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
In other words, God is beyond figuring out. Yet many of us still have this need to completely understand God, His ways, and His plan before we trust Him. For most of us, nothing else in life requires such a high degree of understanding.
Let’s be honest. Most of us have no clue how cell phone technology works, but will spend a mint on a smart phone. Most of us are oblivious to the inner workings of electrical engineering, yet we all have lights. I can’t speak for you, but I haven’t the faintest idea of the mechanics of my car, but everyday I’m driving; and many of you are the same way. All we need is that phone to connect when we use it, or the lights to come on when we flip the switch, or the car to start and go when we turn the key and hit the gas. When things work, we don’t really care how.
As much as I know and understand about the scriptures I preach, and the God I serve, I’ve never given anyone the impression, that I have all the answers. God does and allows things in my life, and around the world that make me scratch my head, yet I trust Him. I often have questions for Him that frankly go unanswered, yet I trust Him. God has never had to explain anything to us, we just have to trust Him. I tell my congregation all the time, there are somethings you will just have to accept, because you will never understand. He is just wanting you to trust him, and have the faith that it will be worth it.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.” (Proverbs 3:5-12, The Message Bible)
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