Sometimes our world rocks, or turns right upside down and we find ourselves mulling questions over and over like; “Why did God let this happen? Does God actually care? Why can’t I see God’s hand in this?” without seeming to receive any answers.
Lately I have met a number of people who walked away from God, and the church because of unanswered questions. My heart aches for their pain, and the missing element that allowed their hearts to turn away from the Source of Life.
I have wrestled those unanswered questions too. Struggled with what seemed an impervious and aloof lack of response from a God who seems far away and silent in the asking.
But what if we are revolving our understanding of life around the wrong questions? The moment I question the character of God, I have lost a bearing that is critical to the very existence of faith, and peace moves out of reach. When things happen causing me to doubt God’s goodness and kind intentions toward me, rather than entertaining the why question, my first response must be to firmly establish what the Word says about the character of God.
Looking back, the enemy’s first strategy (and it worked, I might add), was to question the character of God. The Creator, the friend who walked with them in the garden. The One who provided for Adam’s greatest need with Eve. The perfect gift giver.
“Did God really say…? He knows when you eat of the fruit, you will be wise like Him.”
Seeds of doubt or accusation toward God are so easily planted in the fertile soil of unanswered questions. This is the critical point of the road.
It is for these times I believe Jesus reserves His deepest peace and assurance. The question of His character has been unequivocally answered both in His word and through history, proving His peace that passes understanding takes the believer much farther than a simply answers to the why.
I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for He speaks peace to His faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, so our land will be filled with His glory. Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed. (Psalm 87:8-11)
The choice to rest in the goodness of Jesus; relinquishing the need to understand in order to embrace the right Jesus has given to access peace, turns the tide and shows the world a different way. It orders our inner world and rather than flinging irrelevant questions upward, the gifts of heaven are able to come down into our circumstances. It is only then we have the still and quiet spirit to see the love and power of God at work on our behalf.
What verses or memories do you return to when God is not easily seen in your circumstances? May you embrace a still and quiet spirit to receive what Jesus has for you today!