Does your need to understand why things happen put you in the place of doubting God?  Some times not knowing the answer is ok …  

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“All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and He enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”  1 Chronicles 28:19

I heard an interesting comment yesterday. I was watching a television worship program, and the pastor was talking about people asking why things happened.

I think we all do it at one time or another.  I also think those of us who face chronic challenges have more opportunities than most to question why. 

The pastor was talking about the big "why" questions - the ones that can cause us to lose our faith in God.

He looked out into his TV audience and quite plainly stated,

"I won't give up all I do understand for something I don't."

He went on to number the things he knew about God.

I was still stuck on his statement.  I hurriedly wrote it down so I'd remember.

I like to know things.  I like to understand why something happens.  I want to know how things work.  It is as if I am driven to understand.

A good friend of mine, who works as a therapist, made an interesting comment to me the other day.

"When we don't have all the facts, our brain will fill in the details it needs for things to make sense."

My dad called it jumping to conclusions.

And too often our conclusion to a tragedy of any sort is that God is at fault.

My kids now say "idk," a lot.

Idk, for those who might not know - is an internet/text shorthand for "I don't know."

Those can be hard words for me to say when it comes to the difficult stuff.  

"Why was the baby born dead?"

"Why did he have to die?"

"Why am I not healthy anymore?"

"Why me?"

"I don't know" is not a very satisfying answer.

The truth is that we often don't know - and maybe never will know - why some things happen.

And that is where we need to be careful.

Those "I don't know"s can easily lead us to throw out all we do know about God.

Another idiom from my dad - "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Keeping our trust in God, even in the "I don't know why" times, is difficult.

What we must understand and keep in our hearts is that even though we might not know or understand,

God does.

Then, if and when He decides - we will understand, too.

Father God, I am grateful you are with us in the difficult time: The times when we search for answers, yet no answers are to be found.  Help us to be able to say "idk" and know deep within ourselves that you are at work, even in the darkest of times.  Amen and amen.


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