I was in my car, driving home, and yelling at God. I was certainly not at my best, but I was absolutely confused, hurting and angry. One of my friends had just died of brain cancer. Because our church had fasted and prayed, I felt that we had somehow did what was needed to earn a miracle. A miracle never came, and I questioned God just like an arrogant and inexperienced child treats a parent they feel is inept. What do you do when you don’t understand God? Thank God I’ve grown from that experience. I’ve learned how moments of confusion can become empowering God encounters.
In Romans 11:33-35, Paul helps us understand How To Place Ourselves In A Powerful Position When We Don’t Understand God
This passage is the ending of Paul’s explanation of God’s complicated plan to save humanity. It’s a plan that included rejecting the Jews and subjecting everyone to disobedience. Paul praises God not because He’s arbitrary, but for having a depth that we cannot comprehend.
It’s ok if you often don’t understand God. He’s complicated. So, here’s what you can do to empower yourself when you don’t understand.
1. Don’t question God
Yes, you can ask God anything you’d like to. That’s not really the kind of questioning I am referring to. There’s a certain kind of questioning that’s more of a challenge than a question. It’s the kind of questioning a child does with parents when the child thinks the parents are wrong.
Never question God. The depth of material that God sorts through and carries in His mind all the time is beyond our ability to manage. God has a depth of understanding that you and I can’t compete with.
Questioning God doesn’t strengthen your position, it weakens it.
2. Trust God
God really does have a very deep understanding. What Paul writes in this passage is true of God. He has done everything that needed to be done in order to turn a worse case scenario into a best case scenario for humanity.
Always trust God. God has told us that He loves us and that He’s working for our benefit (as long as we believe in Jesus). We need to trust that He knows the answer to all of our questions, and that we probably couldn’t understand the answer or the depth of His complex plan to save humanity.
One day we’re probably going to understand what life was really about. But, probably not today. One day we’ll be like Jesus is now, and when we are we’ll probably be more enabled to understand. Until then, trusting Jesus is the most empowering thing we can do.
How do you Place Yourself In A Powerful Position When You Don’t Understand God?
You trust Jesus, without treating Him like you know better.
He’s going to get you to a better place. One day, the glory we’ll experience will more than compensate for the lack of knowledge we have today. Just trust Jesus, and hang onto Him your whole life.
What about you?
What do you do when you don’t understand God? How do you respond to moments when God’s will absolutely confuses you?
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