There are so many things we don’t know! There are so many things that don’t seem to make sense! There are so many things that just don’t seem to add up in the moment! The more you know the more you know you don’t know!
The good things is we don’t need to know it all! We can just hold onto the truths of God and trust Him no matter where we are at or what we are going thru! We can know that He loves us, but we know that God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life! We can know that He loves us so much that Jesus went to the cross and to the grave to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way! We can know that no matter the situation we are in, God can use it for good! We can know that no matter what we are going thru right now, God’s plan for us is good, it is to give us a hope and a future!
We need to also realize we have freewill and we need to make good decisions! We need to walk in alignment with God’s plans and purpose for our lives! That won’t make it perfect, but it will make it easier! It rains on the good and the evil! In this world we will have troubles! When we are walking it out with Jesus, we can consider it pure joy because we know the work it is doing in and through us!
Will it always make sense? Probably not! Does that mean we need to give up hope and walk away? Definitely not! So what does it mean? We need to lead on God even more for in our weakness, His strength is made perfect!
So don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Put your trust in Jesus! Here what He is saying and walk it out! Don’t wait on it, put it into action! Don’t wait on it, obey Him now! The sooner we do, the shorter the test or the trial or the challenge! And the better we listen, the faster we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds!
The joy of the Lord is my strength! On the mountain tops! In the valley lows! I put my trust in God for with Him all things are possible!
I pray for you today in Jesus’ name that you will allow the peace that goes beyond all understanding to come over you no matter what you are facing today!
Not understanding what is going on? Turn to God! Ask! Seek! Knock! Open the door and let Jesus into your life! God wants to have an intimate relationship with you! Be honest when you speak to Him! Be open when you speak to Him! Be mystified by God as you build and develop your relationship with Jesus!
When You Don’t Understand God — Day 166: Bible In One Year 2017
Today’s devotional speaks to this reading as follows…
Be honest with God … Psalm 74:1-9
Are there times in your life when you simply do not understand why certain things are happening to you? Does it almost feel like God has rejected you? If so, your experience is common in the history of the people of God. This psalm opens with this question: ‘Why have you rejected us forever, O God?’ (v.1).
Sometimes it may seem as if God is silent and not intervening to help you in any way. As the psalmist says, ‘There’s not a sign or symbol of God in sight, nor anyone to speak in his name, no one who knows what’s going on’ (v.9, MSG).
When you go through times like this, you never know ‘how long’ this will be (v.9). You might have questions about why a part of your life is working out as it is. Or perhaps you just feel that God is distant. St John of the Cross (1542 – 1591) referred to these times as ‘the dark night of the soul’.
What should you do in times like this?
Ask the questions
The psalmist does not beat around the bush. He pours out his heart to God. He asks God the difficult questions. ‘You walked off and left us, and never looked back. God, how could you do that? We’re your very own sheep; how can you stomp off in anger?’ (v.1, MSG).
Ask for answers
‘Refresh your memory of us… you actually lived here once! Come and visit the site of disaster…’ (vv.2–3, MSG).
You are not alone when you have these kinds of experiences and emotions. One of the great blessings of the psalms is that you can turn to them in times of mysterious suffering and echo these prayers in your heart.
Be open to God … Acts 9:32-43, Acts 10:1-23
Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead and preach the gospel. The early church got on with doing exactly what Jesus told them to do. They must have been very surprised by what happened. Yet they were open to his leading.
The mystery of healing
They continued to see God’s extraordinary power at work. Peter said to a man who was bedridden for eight years, ‘Jesus Christ heals you’ (9:34). He immediately ‘jumped right out of bed’ (v.34, MSG). ‘Everybody… woke up to the fact that God was alive and active among them’ (v.35, MSG).
Yet not all are healed. Why doesn’t God heal everyone? I don’t know. Sometimes it is really hard to understand why God has not healed someone we have prayed for so much. It is a mystery.
The mystery of raising the dead
Next, Peter raised the dead! Accounts of the dead being raised are rare in the Bible. It happened twice in the Old Testament – once with Elijah and once with Elisha. Jesus raised the dead three times, Paul once, and Peter raised Dorcas from the dead. The command to raise the dead occurs only once (Matthew 10:8).
In almost every case, it was a young person who was raised from the dead. None of them lived forever – but their lives were not cut off prematurely. Very occasionally God intervenes in this way. We don’t know why. It is a mystery.
Here God did intervene. Dorcas, ‘who was always doing good and helping the poor’ (Acts 9:36), became sick and died. Peter got down on his knees and prayed. She opened her eyes, sat up, and Peter took her by the hand and helped her to her feet! As a result, ‘many people believed in the Lord’ (v.42).
The mystery of the gospel
The apostle Paul was later to explain, ‘This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus’ (Ephesians 3:6).
Up until this point in the book of Acts, all the followers of Jesus had been Jewish. In fact, they did not think it was possible to become a Christian without being a Jew. But God surprised them. He prepared Peter with a vision. In a trance he saw heaven open and he was told to kill and eat ‘impure’ and ‘unclean’ animals and birds. His response was, ‘Surely not, Lord!’ (Acts 10:14).
The vision, and God’s voice that accompanied it, challenged Peter not to make distinctions between clean and unclean food (vv.13–15). However, Peter also realised that this vision meant that he should not make distinctions between ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ people – that is, Jewish and non-Jewish people. In tomorrow’s reading, we discover that Peter says, ‘No race is better than any other’ (v.28, MSG).
At the time, it was a mystery. ‘Peter, puzzled, sat there trying to figure out what it all meant’ (v.17, MSG). He did not realise what God was doing. Only later did he understand. God had plans that were far bigger than theirs. The good news of Jesus was not to be confined to the Jewish people – it was for everyone in the world. Thankfully, Peter was open enough to respond to God’s guidance, whether through a vision or even when ‘the Spirit whispered to him’ (v.19, MSG).
Be mystified by God … 2 Samuel 23:8-39, 2 Samuel 24
This is one of the most mysterious passages in the whole Bible. All seemed to be going well. David had good people around him. He was greatly helped and supported by his three mighty men, as well as a wider inner circle of ‘the Thirty’.
Yet something terrible happened. Who incited David to count his fighting men? In this passage it appears to be God. Yet in the equivalent passage in Chronicles we are told, ‘Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel’ (1 Chronicles 21:1). This is one of only three times in which Satan is mentioned in the Old Testament.
David apparently knew that what he was doing was wrong (‘because he had counted the people, replacing trust with statistics’, 2 Samuel 24:10, MSG). He was ‘conscience-stricken… and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing”’ (v.10).
Given the various options, spoken by the prophet Gad, he chose to fall into the hands of the Lord, for ‘his mercy is great’ (v.14). He refused to offer a sacrifice that cost him nothing (v.24). After his sacrifice, ‘the Lord answered prayer on behalf of the land’ (v.25).
There is still much here that is difficult to understand. But the passage finishes on a note of hope and renewed relationship.