TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
WHEN YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND, TRUST GODProverbs 3:5
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths’ (Proverbs 5-6 NKJV). But what if your path leads through pain, pressure and problems? John the Baptist’s did. He didn’t deserve imprisonment. After all, he was Jesus’ cousin and the voice of God in his community. So he sent Jesus a message asking, ‘Are you really the Messiah, or should we keep looking?’ Paraphrased: ‘If you’re Lord, and you’re in charge, what is going on with this prison business?!’ It’s a question asked from unfulfilled expectations. We think, ‘Lord, if You’re good, how come things aren’t working out for me?’ And it feels so much worse when you’ve been trying your best to faithfully serve Him.
If you’re in this sort of situation now, it’s not because God has not suddenly turned against you. Zapping you with suffering is not His response to your actions. We do not know a definite explanation of ‘why’ bad things happen, but we do know that even in the midst of them, God is for you, and that means He is for you in a very real way, right now.
He asks us to trust Him, and trust that He is doing something with everything that happens. We can hope that He will do something good too, because it is in His very nature to turn awful situations for good. Want a good example? How about the cross... So you can say, in suffering, ‘I don’t know why this is happening, but I know that God can redeem it, and bring good out of it.’
Read Romans 8:1, and 8:31-35. If you know of people going through suffering at the moment, or who are in ‘hopeless’ situations, take time to remind them that you are standing with them, with God, and commit to pray for them.