I wish to encourage you to entrust the unexplainable to God.
It’s easy to find ourselves struggling to accept the unpleasant things in life which we don’t understand.
God, whose “eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps” (Job 34:21), knows our lives. While He’s under no obligation to explain His reasons for the life He allows us to live, He never-the-less gives us insights and comfort enabling perseverance in the faith. The writer of Deuteronomy 29:29 tells it the way it is; “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law”. The bottom line is this, while there are things we will never understand, we are to grab hold of the truths that God has made clear to us, live by them, and teach them to the next generation.
Unlike God, we’re not omniscient (all knowing). However, God has revealed Himself to us (Rom 1:19) through creation (Rom 1:20), through His Son Jesus Christ (Heb 1:2), through His written Word the Bible (2Ti 3:16), through the testimony of Christians (Act 2:40-41), through His Holy Spirit’s witness within His children, and through our own hearts awareness and conscience (Rom 2:14-15).
In God’s kindness, He has enabled us to understand His truths. Through trusting faith in Christ as Lord, we can realise that we are actually blessed “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). The Psalmist reminds us that “those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10). The issue is not having unexplained experiences; rather, do we seek the Lord and put our trust in Him, including trusting Him with life’s mysteries? Our responsibility is not to begrudge God for not giving us the understanding we wanted, but to simply “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Accept that God’s ways are not our ways, He does not think like us (Isaiah 55:8), and He does not have to answer to us for this fact. Our natural processes of spiritual evaluation are limited by our mortality and weakened by our sinfully independent natures. Therefore, we either reject God’s ways or accept them. There is no in between state! No one foot in, and one foot out position. No sitting on the fence waiting to see how it all turns out. No negotiating a deal with the Almighty. We either believe, or disbelieve.
“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust” (Psalm 40:4). You see, our peace does not come from understanding everything that happens in life. No, it comes from trusting in the loving God who oversees everything that happens in our lives. As Jesus said to Thomas, “do not disbelieve, but believe” (John 20:27). This is how Paul could say, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11). Paul knew who he believed in!
I encourage you to entrust the unexplainable to God, starting with all those things which have built a wall between you and the Lord. Let God be God! Let us be His submissive children, content in Christ alone!
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz