No matter how hard I try to figure things out and understand life. . .
I don’t know why my best friend had to die in a car crash.
I don’t know why my 16-year-old daughter is living on the streets.
I can’t understand why I’m sad most of the time.
I don’t understand why my husband can’t stop gambling.
I can’t understand why my sister continues to let her husband abuse her.
I don’t understand why we can never seem to pay all our bills.
I don’t know why I don’t feel accepted and loved.
I can’t understand why my husband can’t find a job.
I don’t understand why my dad needs a boyfriend.
But God does.
I don’t know why some states legalize same-sex marriages.
I can’t understand why some Protestants think Catholics are not going to heaven.
I can’t understand why people who call themselves Christians could be on opposite sides of the Civil Rights issue.
I don’t know why some people have no conscience and can kill and rape and steal.
I don’t know why Muslims believe the way they do.
I don’t know why people who call themselves Christians can be on opposites sides of the abortion issue.
I can’t understand why race is such a socially divisive issue.
I don’t understand why some “religions” think they’re the only ones going to heaven.
I don’t know why people who call themselves Christians have to belong to a bunch of different denominations.
I don’t know why I can’t understand how life works.
But God does.
We’re not supposed to know how life works. That’s God’s job. I waste a lot of time, sleep and energy trying to figure out why things are the way they are. I really don’t need to know. God knows everything. He understands everything.
In Isaiah 55 God tells us,
” ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ ” declares the Lord.”
Psalm 145:7 tells us,
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
And Hebrews 4:13 proclaims,
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Life would be so much better for me if I’d just stop trying to understand everything. I don’t need to know how the universe works. God does. After all, He created it. He created everything. He knows everything about everything and everyone.The entire universe is in His hands, under His control. He’s working out His purpose for each of us. Day by day, moment by moment. Whether we believe in Him or not. Whether we trust Him or not.
If we believe He is in control and sees all and knows all, if we believe our lives are in His hands, we will be blessed.Iff we know Him and love Him and serve Him as the Sovereign ruler of the Universe and our loving heavenly Father, He will give us all the understanding we need.
If you don’t believe all this, that’s okay. God understands.
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