As a young teen my grandpa suffered many physical ailments. It was tough to see him suffer so much. I certainly did not understand why God let him go through so many difficulties. His testimony through this suffering; however, spoke volumes about his faith. The nurses and doctors who treated my grandpa became well-acquainted with his faith in Jesus Christ. (Praise the Lord!)
On one particular day, he was given bad news concerning cancer. Little hope was offered from the doctor. With his upbeat faith he let the staff know that God could certainly heal him! To the doctor’s and nurses’ surprise, God certainly did heal my grandpa.
On my grandpa’s next exam they could find no cancer. God wasn’t finished with him yet! He was given a few more years to let his light shine among those doctors and nurses. Even though I still don’t understand why it all happened, I can certainly look back now and see how God was glorified in all of these sufferings my grandpa endured.
To be honest, I don’t understand why so many people have to suffer. My brothers and sisters in Christ, including myself. have all faced trials. Some have even suffered such horrific trials that my understanding was miserably lacking… and sadly, my faith at times has even been a little bit shaky, too.
Has your understanding ever miserably failed?
Here’s WHY that happens…
We’re using our brains to think….to sort out the WHY. We’re picking apart the reason WHY this trial is in our path. Have we done something to deserve this? Why would God let this happen? Why doesn’t God just heal the sickness? Why does God let this person get by with what they’ve done?
When we’re trying to understand with a logical mind, we’re not using our FAITH.
Our understanding will certainly fail.
In Proverbs 3:5, there’s a little COMMAND given to us.
“Lean NOT unto thine own understanding.”
Our human minds cannot comprehend nor perceive everything that God is doing.
And that takes us back to the first little COMMAND…
Trust in the Lord (with ALL thine heart).
We will NOT understand most of our trials. We can’t. Our minds will not comprehend God’s reasoning during these trials. God sees the whole picture… we’re only able to see the here and the now.
To release the FRUSTRATION we’re holding on to… we have to give it up. Yes, we have to give up the battle going on in our mind that tries to understand it all.
When our understanding miserably fails, we can just go to our Heavenly Father and recognize His power and authority to take care of it all. The good news is that when we let Him lead… He will direct our path. And as my pastor said this last Sunday, “God will never lead you down the wrong road!”
Praise God! That’s the Wonderful Savior I serve! I can trust Him. He will not fail me. He’s ALWAYS right!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
God bless you and your family,