When things don’t make sense, we want a reason. Demanding answers, comfort, peace of mind.
“Why did that person walk out of my life? Why didn’t I get that job? Why did I get sick?.”
Filled with emotion, we’ll go to God confused. How could you?! Why would you?! Why couldn’t you just?! Not very productive, or Christ-like. But it is what it is.
Without faith, it’s impossible to please God
When we give our lives to God, we’re doing just that. We have to give up the driver’s seat, trust we’re in capable hands and have faith in His process.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Imagine life as a maze, we can only see what is immediately in front of us and that’s as far as our minds can go. God has a bird’s eye view, knowing the end from the beginning and what’s hiding around every corner.
The break up you are devastated about today could’ve been a future divorce. Bullet dodged.
The trial you went through, revealed who your true friends are. No loss.
The unsuccessful job interview meant you later landed that dream role. You’re welcome.
It wasn’t easy trusting God during my job search. The “we regret to inform you . . .” or “another candidate just had slightly more experience. . . .” emails quickly begun chipping away at my confidence and my tune changed from “God knows what he’s doing”, to ‘”God why”. But in that time I spent job-hunting, I learnt more about trusting God than I ever would have if my prayer requests came through instantly.
I waited for what seemed like forever before I was offered my current job, which is so much better than what I could’ve hoped for. If I had never had all of those rejections, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
God sees everything and is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28), and what can look like a tragedy, could be a blessing in disguise.
The truth is, not every question is answered immediately, and sometimes we have to be OK with not having all the answers. This is something I’m still getting the hang of. “Letting go and letting God.”
Have you been plagued by ‘why’ questions? What are your go-to verses for comfort?