When we don't understand
By Teresa LeNeave
There are seasons in life when you will have some hard questions for a God.
As I write this, my sister lies in a hospital after a heart attack; a friend died from a stroke; 12,000 people are forced out of their homes from wildfire in California; Tampa is flooded from 22-30 inches of rain in 10 days; a baby was found in a hot smoldering Paducah dumpster in mid-90 degree weather; a man was shot in a Paducah park where children play everyday; a young child lost her life in a nearby community, and the list goes on. Even if you're not affected by any troubles, it is likely someone you know is battling illness, divorce, emotional distress, or family problems.
There are a lot of hard questions in life, but when we face things we don't understand, it's time to stand on our faith. It's time to praise in spite of the storm; time to praise Him for what He has done in the past and what He will do in the future and for strength He will give you right now. That's our only viable option. God knows how to take care of us even when our emotions are being tested. Believe me, troubles will test your emotions.
When you're in the valley, the biggest and hardest question is, "Where do we go from here?" ... The place to go is God. He is the only one who can heal a broken heart or restore a wrecked life.
None of us can live on an emotional high all the time. Trouble comes. The good thing is: it also goes. It passes. It doesn't come to stay. The Apostle Paul said "in everything," whatever came his way, he had learned to be content. He had learned that no matter what season he was in, God was able to take care of him. God will take care of you, too.
There is not one broken heart, or one broken life, that is too hard for Him to fix. His own words were, "... He (God) has anointed me to preach the gospel (good news) to the poor; he sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18).
Don't let emotions rule you when you're going through a hard season. Untangling a mess takes time, but God can do it if you'll just read the Bible and learn what He says. He has hope for your life. Start every morning by saying, "God loves me". When you feel troubled during the day, begin to say, "I'm the head and not the tail. God is my healer". If that's what God says about you, then you should be agreeing with Him.
If the battle is too hot right now and you feel you have reached your limit, call on your Christian friends to pray for you when you can't pray for yourself.
Pro 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and depend not on you're own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and HE WILL make your path straight."
In the middle of major tragedies we have lots of questions. It doesn't make sense. NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE MAKES SENSE. We don't know why God doesn't stop a child from being molested. We don't know why innocent people suffer, but we do know that's why we need to pray "for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven".
His will is for good and not evil. For health and not sickness. God's will is that all come to repentance. God doesn't expect us to be perfect, but He does expect us to be trusting Him in the good times and in the bad times. He WILL bring you through. You may have days when you have some hard questions for God, but don't get discouraged. Trust God in the hard and fearful seasons as well as the sunny, happy days. It's the best rule to live by.