When We Do Not Understand…
by Noah Hefley
March 30, 2019
“The older I get the less I question and the more I trust.” (Corrie Ten Boom)
We probably all have something in common as God’s children. It is this: we will go through times in which we find ourselves questioning God. That’s not unusual but I think rather typical–especially given the right combination of circumstances. But there are some things we will never understand this side of heaven. Therefore, we must learn to trust God even when we don’t understand. Scripture is clear on this and that is something we can comprehend:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
The Hebrew word for thoughts comes from a root word meaning to weave. The Great God of the universe has a plan for your life, dear child of God, and He is busy weaving it in time. It may be beyond you to discern at any given moment in time. Indeed, God is above us all and we are like small children straining to look through the peep hole of a large mysterious door that’s been shut in our life. But one day the door will be open and we will see-clearly. Paul said, “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
In the meantime, we must learn to trust God when we do not understand things. In the words of C.H. Spurgeon:
God is too kind to be cruel;
God is too wise to be mistaken;
So when you cannot trace His hand,
Trust His heart.
Indeed, God is gracious in all that He does and never malicious in anything which He does. In our hearts we know that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). So it stands to reason that we too should question less and trust more. May our dear Lord teach us to trust Him more and more each day and in every way!
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