I have had a good number of trials in my life. A few more than I would have asked for. 😉 And as I think back through them, the one thing they all have in common is that they are all unexplained. Not once did God come to me and say, “Alright, Kimberly, here’s what I’m going to take you through now and here’s why…” Not once. And yet so many times, I still have wanted to ask, “But why?!”
Well, if we look at Scripture and all the trials God took His people through, we realize unexplained trials are actually God’s pattern. Clearly He could explain them to us if He desired to and thought it best, but He doesn’t. Why? Well, I am guessing for many reasons, but definitely because He desires us to trust Him, to have faith – not faith in the knowledge of a certain outcome, but faith in our Maker who sent them.
Whatever trials you may be going through right now, I want to assure you that God has a purpose in them. He really does. The question is, will you trust Him? The reality is that we trust Him to the extent that we know Him. I’ve talked about this so much because it’s such an important part of living the Christian life with a strong faith, peace, contentment, and gratefulness. I have found this to be so true in my own life. My security is founded upon who God is. And He is the perfect God.
Think about it. If you take just one attribute away from who God is, He ceases to be God. For instance, if He was just, but not loving; or if he was all powerful, but not good; or if he was good, but not all knowing. This would pose a huge problem, wouldn’t it?
I’d encourage you to take some time this week and write down a list of all you know to be true of our great God. Use the alphabet if you need to as a prompt for words, but you will walk away amazed! And hopefully we all realize that while humans can dream up gods as they have in the past, like the Greeks and Romans did – the god of war, the god of love, the god of the sky, etc, a human being could never come up with all the attributes and characteristics that make God God! What a comfort!
So, instead of trying to pray our way out of trials, let’s draw near to our Saviour and pray our way through them. Isn’t this what Joseph did? And Daniel? And Paul? They didn’t have the promise of a certain outcome, but they did have the promise that God would be with them, and they actively drew near to Him in whatever trials they faced. Indeed, this is what they are remembered for!
Just as we desire our own children to trust our hearts towards them, God desires us to trust His heart towards us, and hold fast to the truths of God’s Word that have been revealed to us. Truly the gift is not in the outcome of our life circumstances. The gift is Christ himself. And as His child, you have Him forever and always. Let’s not forget this.
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
Give someone an air hug today! 😉 (My family does this often when we are across the room or across the yard from each other. We reach out our arms to each other and say, “Air hug!!!” followed by the hugging sound we all know so well, “Mmmmmmmmmmm.” ) 🙂
Love you all!