WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND

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I have a secret to share. The Bible says in James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” Sometimes I struggle with trusting God when what I experience in this natural realm makes no sense to me.  I believe we all struggle with that to some degree at times, wouldn’t you agree? Have you ever been there? Have you had a time in your life when what happened to you just didn’t make sense at all, and you were left reeling?

The other day I heard someone on a Christian television program say, “When you don’t have all the answers, you need to put your questions in a file marked, “I don’t understand.” I wish I could remember who said that because it was so profound!! That was such good advice and a great analogy!

When I thought about it, I do have a file folder in my file cabinet, marked, “Miscellaneous.” In that file, I put items that don’t fit into any other category of the folders I have in there. In the same way, all the things that don’t make any sense whatsoever to your finite mind, those events where you have no idea why things happened the way they did, need to go in THAT folder. And not only do you need to put them in the folder, but you also need to FORGET ABOUT THEM until you get to Glory. When you get to Glory, you can open the file, pull out all of those incidents and ask God face-to-face, “What were You thinking?”  Now, He may choose to explain Himself before you get to Heaven. However, if He doesn’t, and you want to maintain your sanity, you will drop those things you don’t understand into that “Miscellaneous” file in your mind, and trust God with abandon as you recognize the following things about your Heavenly Father:

  1. He knows what He’s doing even if you don’t.
  2. He loves you and has your best interests at heart.
  3. He will reveal what you need to know in due time.

For example, the other day, I ran across a sister in Christ who was bitter because her brother had died after the whole family prayed and believed God for his healing. In her mind, his death was so senseless, she was mad at God who, in her book, was an unfaithful liar. What she didn’t understand was that the Lord sees everything from beginning to end (Isaiah 46:10), and He knows everything. What we see in this natural realm with our senses is like looking through a peephole while God is sitting on His throne viewing the entire landscape of our life. He also knows what all the players are doing, thinking, and believing. My question is how can we indict God and lament that what He is doing makes no sense when we know practically NOTHING in the big scheme of things and He knows EVERYTHING?? You see, from God’s perspective, what you’re experiencing makes perfect sense because He has all the information and you don’t. As my pastor once told me, “Just because it doesn’t make sense to YOU, doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense.”

If you are struggling with trusting God today, I want to encourage you to remember Who He is. He’s God all by Himself, the One Who cannot lie. The One Who cannot fail. The One Who knows exactly what He’s doing and sees and knows all. Most importantly, He’s the One Who loved you so much that sent His Son to die for YOU.

Have you ever had an experience where you had to simply trust God when you did not understand what was going on? What were the circumstances? Please leave a comment below.

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KEEP JESUS AT THE CENTER

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Peace and blessings to you! Today, I want to tell you about an incident that happened to me recently. I went to buy some stamps at a local grocery store. I handed the cashier the money and she handed me the stamps I had purchased. When I looked at the stamps, to my surprise, they had images of Santa Claus on them. This is October, and Santa Claus stamps are already being sold.  Halloween had not even arrived yet, and Christmas commercialism was already starting to rev up! I couldn’t believe it.

I guess after observing the expression on my face, the cashier asked me if I wanted regular stamps, and even though I felt uneasy, I said, “That’s  OK,” and proceeded to walk out of the store. I then sensed a growing unrest in my spirit and the Holy Spirit telling me to take the stamps back! I went back to the cashier and told her I would rather have regular stamps. She checked her drawer.  She checked another area. She went to the customer service office. They didn’t have any regular stamps!

I calmly told her, “Jesus is the real reason for the season. I don’t want to even promote this.” Then I walked out of the store with the stamps. If I wasn’t pressed for time, I would have asked for my money back. When I got to my car, I decided I would then take the stamps back at a later date to exchange them when the store got more in stock.

You see, I refuse to put Santa stamps on my letters, especially my Christmas cards because I feel that’s a blatant contradiction. I never send Christmas cards out that have Santa on them. My cards must reflect Jesus because He is what the season is really about. Therefore, for me to send out a Jesus card with a Santa stamp goes against my conscience. That’s just my train of thought. It’s not a rule. It’s not in the Bible, so you let the Holy Ghost lead you.

I know you are probably saying, “Why are you making such a big deal over Santa stamps?” Because I am looking at the big picture. My point is that I am so tired of the devil trying to take the focus off of Jesus and His birthday and put it on other things that have nothing to do with what the season is really about. I am currently writing a book entitled Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday which expresses my sentiments about this topic. Therefore, I want to encourage you now, as we approach Advent, to KEEP JESUS AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL. During the Thanksgiving holiday, make Him the center. Let’s make Him the center on a daily basis right on up through December and beyond.

Saints, it’s so easy to get caught up in all of the hoopla of the season and forget the baby in the manger who grew up and died on a rugged cross for all of our sins. Jesus said in John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Let’s try our level best to keep the focus on our Lord and Savior so that we can celebrate Jesus’ as He deserves to be celebrated and have the merriest Christmas ever when December 25th finally arrives!

What are your thoughts about Christmas commercialism? Please leave a comment below.

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