In one of the Apostle Paul’s Epistles, he’s carefully to caveat what he’s about to say with words to the effect of, “I don’t have a word from the Lord on this, BUT…” (1 Corinthians 7:25) That’s kind of where I am right now. Nothing that has jumped out at me from Scripture, but really just more my general sense of things, so take it for what it’s worth.
God has a strange way of dealing with us sometimes. If I didn’t know better, I’d think He’s intentionally designed the system to mess with our collective heads.
That said, if there is one thing I have learned in my years of chasing after this thing called “servanthood to God,” it’s that just as sure as I think I’ve got things all figured out, God will step in and let me know — in no uncertain terms — that His ways, His plans are sometimes far deeper and more complex than my simple human mind can comprehend.
That’s where this “faith” thing tends to come in. Right now I’m going through a confusing and chaotic time in my life. It would be so easy for me to begin to question God, to shake my impotent fist at the sky and wonder, “Why!?”
Every other time in my life when I’ve felt like asking that question, the answer has always been (eventually), “because I have something even better in store for you.”
Sometimes in the midst of our turmoil, our confusion, our sorrow or our strife, it’s too easy to want to blame God for our circumstances.
But…if we truly believe what we say we believe, if we truly believe that God holds us in His hands, that He truly loves us and has a plan for us, then YES, truly we SHOULD blame Him for our circumstances, for He has either brought it to pass or allowed it to happen!
And if there is one thing I HAVE learned in this crazy, mixed up life I’ve led so far, it’s that GOD ALWAYS HAS A PLAN.
We may not be able to see it right now. Heck, we may not even be able to see or understand it until we stand with Him one day in Heaven and listen as He shows us all the ways He cared for us, guided us, how He put those stumbling blocks in our path and why, that we’ll ever truly understand it all.
In the meantime it falls to us to trust in the love of our Father, to believe…even when we can’t see it right now…that He loves us, cares for us, and has a plan for our life that is so much better than anything we could conjure up on our own.
The scary truth of it is that God sometimes brings us into these times of turmoil, of doubt, of questioning and confusion for the sole and simple purpose of teaching us to trust more fully in Him.
As hard as that may be to take some time, it really is at the core of what we, as Christians, need to understand and believe.
God really does love us; but sometimes that love will take forms that we don’t understand. The challenge we face every day is to love Him back, through it all, and remain faithful to His calling no matter what.
Because sometimes love isn’t easy. Sometimes love takes us right to the edge of what we think we can do…and pushes us over the edge into what we have to rely on God to do for us instead.
For some people, the absolute hardest thing to do is let go of control. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what truly Biblical faith is all about.