When my alarm went off early this morning, Hubby woke up too and checked the news to see what was happening in Syria and read about the attacks made by our and other countries.
I got up and went downstairs and knelt to pray with such a sad and heavy heart over all the awful things that are happening in Syria and throughout the world.
As I looked up to God all I could think about was how much it must grieve Him to see His beautiful world and each precious soul He created so marred by sin.
My thoughts lingered on the wickedness of man and how my own heart is no better outside of God’s grace.
I asked the Lord, how much longer? Yet in that longing for Christ to come again was the thought of and an ache and longing for all those who do not yet know Him as their Saviour.
I felt like a confused child, wanting to crawl into my Heavenly Father’s lap and be held tight and reassured that everything would be ok, that He really does hold this messy world in His loving hands.
Does your heart ask why friend? Mine wanted to! We may know the facts that the bible tells us, we may know it’s not the way God intended this world to be, we may know it’s because of sin, we may know in our heads God is in control but our hearts need faith to REALLY believe it.
We need to be given faith bigger than any fears that we may have so that we don’t need to ask why, for who are we to ask why of God?
Who are we to question the One who made us?
When we think that our great God…
‘hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance.’ …who are we to question Him?
If God measures the oceans in His hand how can we be so arrogant as to try to measure His ways with our tiny finite minds?
‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’
We HAVE to remember how small we are compared to God.
God’s ways don’t fit our human logic but isn’t it we that are the crazy ones to expect them to?
God pouring out His wrath against sin on His only Son who had NEVER done anything wrong makes no sense either, humanly speaking and yet, as faith is given, we gladly accept that! It was part of God’s greater plan.
Oh for faith to accept all God’s dealings with us and in this world with equal faith and trust in His perfection and greatness, believing that there is a wise purpose in every evil that He permits, remembering that it is only by God’s grace that we are kept from being among those perpetrating evil.
Sometimes God’s answer to our why is simply that He loves us and that He needs us to trust Him.
He gently reminds us that He loves each one of His dear children with His perfect love and will only do what is best for them, working even what others mean for evil, together for our good.
Rebellion against what God allows is wrong but we may wrestle out our hard questions with Him, if in it we are desiring a greater knowledge of God, an increase of our faith and ultimately, His glory.
Our wrestling with God is not always about getting answers it’s about learning to cling to God in faith and saying as Jacob did,…
‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’
It’s saying, ‘I may not understand why Lord, but use it for my good, use it to bring me closer, use it to make me trust more and use it for thy glory!’
Friend, let’s be giving our Why’s to the One who made us and be seeking faith to trust Him in them. Then when awful things happen, let’s be leaning harder on and clinging closer to the Lord, so that through us the light of Christ IN us might shine bright in the darkness.
Let’s be seeking God’s help to love everyone hard and unconditionally just as God does, every single hour, in every little way we can, right where God has placed us or leads us.
‘For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.’
In Love, Sharon x
Isaiah 40:12, Isaiah 55:8-9, Gen 32:26, Eph 5:8