I wish I could count how many times I have heard someone say…I just don’t understand. When life is good and the road is clear we move along with ease. But when hit with a disappointment, bad news, or bad behavior by someone towards us, it rocks us. We take a step back, survey the pain, situation or loss and we just don’t understand.
The age old question presents itself, If God is good and God is love, then WHY does he allow bad things to happen to those that he says he loves? And that question is a frustrating one because we are only looking at our situations through human lenses. We are not privy to the bigger picture or what God is doing on the inside of us…or how HE might be specifically preparing us for usefulness to others through the very pain or disappointment that we are walking through today.
Our faulty human lenses might be why scripture says this:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding….” Proverbs 3:5
- Lean here is the Hebrew that means: to rely upon or lean upon
- Understanding here is the Hebrew word that can be translated: insight, discernment, good sense, wisdom.
“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 you know it all.” Proverbs 3:5-7 The Message
In light of this verse of Biblical Wisdom, I get a “throw it all up to Jesus” picture. I can’t know the future. He does. I can’t know what really needs shaping and changing in the deepest parts of me. He knows. I can’t know how this situation is going to be used to encourage another. He is preparing my life for more of His good works. I can’t rely on human understanding, even though I am an older woman and have lots of experiences…..Because His Word, Which is Truth, Tells me NOT TO.
But, God, I don’t understand……maybe we can pray to become comfortable with not understanding but trusting from the deepest part of us that we don’t have to make sense of things because God already has. Maybe we can learn to trust God in a way that will rock our lives and change our mind sets.
I am on that sacred journey of learning to trust when I don’t understand. How about you?
Think I will do a series on this….thinking…..maybe….
Have a God day! ( leaning into him constantly)