Trusting God when there are no answers
Life’s losses leave us hurting and wondering. Cancer takes a young mother or father. Divorce strikes your happy home. Financial ruin devastates your retirement plans. A child goes to jail, is killed or commits suicide. Such times raise questions which are difficult, if not impossible to answer. We examine the circumstances again and again. We speculate about the details, searching for clues that might make some sense and make it easier for us to bear. We turn the spotlight on ourselves, others, even God, wondering what could or should have been done differently that might have prevented this. We turn to friends, fellow believers and pastors only to hear what sounds like religious platitudes and inadequate attempts to minimize our pain.
When answers don’t seem forthcoming and the heavens are silent, what should you do?
Here are two Scriptures to help you in such times:
1) ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us’ (Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV). When it comes to understanding things, we have our territory, God has His. And ours is limited to what He decides to reveal. At that point you must ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)
2) ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…’ (Romans 8:28 KJV). God may explain it to you, or He may not. But He’s ‘the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End’ (Revelation 22:13 NKJV), which means, He has a plan and He’s working it out for our good and His glory. So trust Him!
‘The secret things belong to the Lord…’ Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV