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When You Don't Know "Why"

Beth Jones

“For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever  and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:5

Things happen - and we don’t always understand why. Sometimes we don’t know why someone who denies the Lord seems to be walking in blessings, while an on-fire Christian dies of a sickness at a young age. We don’t always understand why one person’s prayers seemed to go unanswered, while the person who didn’t even pray received a miracle. Why do things happen? Why don’t things happen?

My guess is that you have experienced some challenging things in your life that you don’t fully understand - I have too. When our hopes or expectations have been dashed, it could be easy to become angry, bitter or resentful toward the Lord. We can be overcome with grief and sorrow. We can feel like our faith has been kicked in the mouth. We can start to replace God’s Word with our experiences and find ourselves discouraged. 

So, what are we to think, believe or do when we don’t understand the “why’s” of life? Start with the basics - the things we do know for sure to be true! Basics like: God is good all of the time. He is always for you. He’s not a confused God who blesses one day and curses the next day. He is love. We know God’s Word is truer than circumstances or experiences. We know that if God could have, He would have. We know that if He did not, it must be that He could not. When we don't understand, we know He does. We know that just because God knows everything about us, it doesn't mean He tells us about everything. We know that when it looks bad, God is still good.

We should also understand two basic principles mentioned in Deuteronomy 29:29, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever…"

Secret Things: When things happen, God knows why, but He often keeps it a secret from us. Remember, we live in a fallen world where kingdom laws are broken all around us and the enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy – things happen. Perhaps the more important reason God keeps secrets is because He doesn’t reveal the “whys” of everyone’s business to anyone and everyone – secret things belong to the Lord.

Revealed Things: Sometimes, when things happen, God reveals why. If God reveals something to us, it’s because He’s expecting us to walk in that truth by faith. For example, He’s revealed His character, His will and the laws of His kingdom to everyone in His Word – things revealed belong to us.

Today, be encouraged that no matter what comes, goes, happens or doesn't happen, at the end of the day – we still win! Jesus is still Lord, He is still on the throne and we know that come what may, we’ll still get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven! 

Say It: “Father, I trust You. There are some things that I don’t totally understand, but I do trust You. I give you all my questions today. If You choose to keep something a secret, I respect that. Today, I will move forward in faith, in what I do know about You, Your character, Your Word and Your will. I will walk in what You have revealed to me. In the end, I win. Jesus is Lord. Your Word is still true and we will have all of eternity to discuss all the whys and hows. I trust You Lord, with all my heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”