When you’re questioning God
Why now, God? Couldn’t You have waited another week or so?
Why her, Lord? Couldn’t you have let it happen to someone else?
Why this, God? Couldn’t you have gotten my attention in some other way?
I found myself questioning God when something my husband and I had hoped for didn’t turn out the way we had expected or prayed. And God’s answer, from His Word, reminded me again Who is in control:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts.
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9, NASB).
That was God’s gentle way of telling me that He has a bigger picture that is above and beyond anything that I can see right now. And so I am asked to trust Him.
God sees our entire story in the spiritual realm that we can’t yet comprehend. He has reasons that are far above our own because He is God and we are not. And we are asked to simply trust…
- that His a God who “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NASB).
- that “there is an appointed time for everything” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and that means He didn’t get the timing wrong in the slightest.
- that “His works are perfect….” (Deuteronomy 32:4) and He is a God who never makes mistakes.
- That He is a God who neither slumbers, nor sleeps (Psalm 121:3-4), meaning nothing takes Him by surprise.
Will you trust that God is in control of your circumstances right now and — according to His goodness and loving kindness — He wouldn’t have things any other way?
He knows what He’s doing in all that He’s allowing in your life and mine. Let’s trust Him every step of the way. And maybe in a couple months I’ll be able to write a blog saying “Sure enough… God knew what He was doing…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Lord, I know You can be trusted even when it seems like life is turning upside down. Thank You that You are aware of everything that is going to happen or is already happening in my life. Help me to remember that, in Your goodness, You allow nothing to touch my life that hasn’t first gone through Your loving hands. I bank on that. I find encouragement in that. And I rest in that.