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 believer who was bitter because a family member had died after the person prayed and believed God for healing. In that individual’s mind, the death was so senseless.  There was anger at God Who was painted as an unfaithful liar. Although I could understand the pain and confusion that was clearly evident, what needed to be understood is 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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