April 14, 2016

Can't Explain It



Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

If I could explain it all, I wouldn’t be living by faith. What is “it?” “It” is anything I don’t understand. If I could answer all my own questions, where would be the need for trust? If life came with a road map, would I do things my own way, or God’s way? I want answers and solutions. God wants me to trust Him with all my heart.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

When I feel anxious and stressed due to life’s uncertainties, frustrations, and inability to grasp understanding concerning a troubling circumstance, I always remind myself of Proverbs 3:5-6.  Verse 7 and 8 also remind us “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.” This passage in Proverbs has brought me peace of mind more times than I can count, and given me a grateful heart for the comfort these powerful and wise words deliver. 

I can’t explain why things happen in life the way they do. I will admit, I want answers and solutions, but I also know that God wants me to trust Him with all my heart. The hard times we go through and the questions that challenge us - test us more than we want to be tested, yet if we want to pass the test, it begins in our heart.

Is it fully surrendered to the Lord?

We must trust completely when it seems God is silent. This requires a huge leap of faith, but that is exactly what God is growing in us - a fuller and deeper faith. It is important to realize that God’s silence is not His absence. God’s silence is God asking us to have faith and He is teaching us to wait on Him. God’s silence calls us to live by faith.