Saturday, May 14, 2011

When We Do Not Understand

"When We Do Not Understand"
By Zach Wood
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

There are times in life when we simply cannot understand things.  There are situations that come up in which we have no clue how to deal with.  There are times when people say things to us and we have no idea how to reply or respond.  There are circumstances we find ourselves in that can suddenly change in an instant and we are left feeling completely hopeless and wonder what will come next.

We do not understand when a spouse suddenly says he or she is leaving and calling it quits.

We do not understand when our job is suddenly terminated without notice and or any indication of problems.

We do not understand when our child or teenager expresses their hate toward us as parents.

We do not understand when the house we have waited to buy for so long suddenly goes off the market or the deal falls through.

We do not understand when a close friend or family member takes their own life and so many questions flood our minds and hearts.

We do not understand when a child dies of some sickness or disease and we are left questioning our faith.

We do not understand when a possible job placement we have worked hard to get suddenly falls through.

"Lord, there are so many things in life I just cannot understand.  There are situations and circumstances that truly leave me speechless and challenge my faith in You.  I know You are real and that You are Lord of Lords and King of Kings, no matter what happens.  I must admit Lord that I am weak and You are strong.  I do not know the future or what You have planned, but I do know that You are in control.  Help me Lord to trust You in all things, no matter how challenging, confusing, frustrating and heart-breaking.  Without You, I am nothing."

There is a lot in life we do not understand.  There are times when our hearts break and we are in so much pain and we feel we can no longer go through life with strength.  Sometimes, we just hit the bottom and feel there is no way back to the top to breathe and have life again.  However, there is a way and His Name is Jesus Christ.  He is the Light and He knows the way.  We must trust, we must believe and we must hold on even when we do not understand. 

My prayer is that whatever you may be going through today, this week or this month, that you would completely trust in Him with all your heart and lean on Him.  His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  I encourage you to not lean on your own understanding.  Trust in Him.  You will make it through and He will provide strength. 

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