TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
(1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• “Why, God?” It’s a question we’ve all asked at some point. It’s a question Christians wrestle with and unfortunately, it’s also one that holds some back from making a decision for Christ.
The unsatisfactory answer is—we won’t always get an answer. At least not this side of heaven. Our finite brains can’t understand why we have to lose loved ones or why people have to suffer… why does God allow it?
And when we’re in the midst of personal turmoil, the last thing we want to hear is something trite and pat that fails to acknowledge the weight of our question. For example, when we lose a loved one, I know from personal experience that I don’t want to hear, “It’s God’s will…” and “We live in a fallen world…”
They’re true answers. And we know it. But that doesn’t mean we want to hear it. Maybe it’s not right to admit that, but I’m human. And I know I’m not the first or last to think it, even if others are reluctant to admit it.
But here are a few things to remember…
- God already knows our feelings so it’s okay to admit them to Him.
- He is okay with our questions as long as we don’t question His authority.
- He IS good. All the time. Even when the situation isn’t good, God is.
- He allows some things to happen in order to turn our focus back to Him and remind us that we are dependent on Him.
- And no matter what, He is still trustworthy.
We already know the verses… Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways… Romans 9:20 reminds us that we can’t question God’s authority over us… 1 Corinthians 2:16 asks who can understand the mind of God or instruct Him? And then, in 1 Corinthians 13:12, we’re reminded, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
It’s okay that we don’t understand right now. We have to understand that it’s okay. We can’t and won’t have all the answers in this lifetime. But that doesn’t mean we will never understand. When God reveals His reasons, as inconceivable as it may seem now, we will one day be in agreement that His timing is and was and always will be—perfect.
Today, as you pray, thank God that He does have a plan. When all we see are the problems, thank Him that He already has the solution. Ask the Holy Spirit to temper your questions with honesty and respect for God’s authority but also to help you be honest with Him about how you feel. Ask Him to help you as you wrestle with your “Whys” and be patient as you wait for Him.
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