Do you find yourself still asking God why? Why you were in that situation, why it was happening to you? An accident, a loss, sickness, we’ve all experienced something unfortunate at some point in our lives and frankly, it can be very discouraging. As humans we like to rationalize everything. We want to know why unfavorable things happen to us so that we have the wisdom to avoid them in the future. Makes perfect sense. But, what do you do with the possibility of never understanding why?
When a situation can’t be rationalized or understood we become extremely vulnerable within our spiritual walks. The enemy will use that opportunity to tell us that God’s not real, or that He’s not good. Many people have completely lost their faith after going through extremely tough situations. A big reason for that is because of their inability to understand why. They could not rationalize why something happened in their life and as a result they turn away from God.
There are some key scriptures that I try every single day to get deep down in my spirit:
1. Isaiah 55:9 – As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
2. Genesis 50:20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
3. Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
4. James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces patience. And let patience have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
These scriptures help to offer a level of preparedness for life that can’t be found anywhere else. They help to strengthen our faith and trust in God. It is in that faith and trust that we can be ok with the possibility of not completely understanding why things happen. Now, seeking wisdom and understanding isn’t a bad thing, especially if it pulls you deeper into God’s Word and closer to Him. The important thing is not to give the enemy a foothold in our futures because we don’t understand our pasts.
Lord knows that life isn’t always easy and that the ability to actually count it all joy when trials come is a process. But He is with us and will give us the strength we need to get through. However, we have to focus on getting through. Let’s not get stuck trying so hard to understand something that happened years ago that we miss out on the rest of our lives. God has more for you. No matter what you’ve been through, you are not your past. You are a mighty man or woman of God. Don’t let the enemy tell you anything different.