There is so much devastation and destruction going on in the world today—bombings, explosions, tornadoes, murder, violent acts against each other—all kinds of criminal activity. If you’re honest, like me, you have probably said, “I don’t understand why God allows these terrible things to happen.”
I’m not writing this in an attempt to defend God; no one can come to His defense, nor does He need anyone to defend Him. Trying to defend God would be absolutely ridiculous!
I am mainly writing to help myself and encourage you to learn to trust God completely when it comes to dealing with life’s challenging difficulties that we cannot understand.
Like Apostle Paul, here’s what I have concluded:
“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” (Romans 11:33 NLT).
Truth is, God hasn’t told us everything. He reveals only what He wants us to know on an “as needed basis” and we have to trust Him for the unknown.
Our finite minds and limitations keep us from fully grasping some things that happen in our personal lives and in the world. If God told us everything, we’d have no reason to trust His sovereignty and His faithfulness to carry us through our darkest days of grief and sorrow.
I admit, I have a tendency to be totally independent and do things my way rather than God’s way. To be honest, most of the time, I don’t like God’s way of doing things. That is because I can’t see the “big picture”—the end from the beginning, as He does. From life’s experiences, I’m learning to rely totally on Him as my Source, my Strength and the Lifter of my head. Above all, His grace is sufficient for me.
The greater the calamities in life the better I can understand to some degree Job’s ordeal. The end of Job’s story gives me consolation and hope that just as God restored Job’s losses, He is able and willing to do the same for us who believe.
I have learned this: As painful as the challenging events in life may be, I must trust God’s heart. Babbie Mason’s song, “Trust His Heart” says it best:
God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When you don’t see his plan
When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.”
With God’s comfort and peace this song got me through the toughest experience in my life—the sudden tragic death of my 9-year old grandson.
May I encourage you to join me in trusting God’s Heart?