It’s easy to thank God when He does what we want. But God doesn’t always do what we want. Ask Job.
His empire collapsed, his children were killed, and what was a healthy body became a rage of boils. From whence came this torrent? From whence will come any help?
Job goes straight to God and pleads his case.
His head hurts.
His body hurts.
His heart hurts.
And God answers. Not with answers but with questions. An ocean of questions. . . .
After several dozen questions . . . Job has gotten the point. What is it?
The point is this: God owes no one anything. No reasons. No explanations. Nothing. If He gave them, we couldn’t understand them.
God is God. He knows what He is doing. When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.
(Yeah. You know it: Max Lucado, The Inspirational Study Bible.)
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand;
I talked of things too wonderful for me to know.
“My thoughts are completely different from yours,”
says the LORD.
“And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Oh, LORD God, make me trust in You alone. Let me remember Your words and delight in them. You made a way through the veil for me to come into Your presence. And You promised to make something of me, something beautiful for You to behold. As You take me through these fires, help me to remember Your promises are yes and amen. You have plans I do not know about and a future…a hope…waiting for me…with You…for eternity. Help me see from Your perspective, not my own. And when You don’t make sense to me, I will trust in Your character. For You are good. In Jesus’ name…