“We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
There is much happening in our world I don’t understand.
- I don’t understand the chaos of Afghanistan
- I don’t understand the devastation of the people of Haiti
- I don’t understand the division of people in our country, our congregation over things like the vaccine and masks
- The Taliban have been visiting Afghan Christians and telling them, “We know who you are. We will come back to get you.”
I don’t understand any of this. I don’t understand how any of this can turn out for the good. I don’t understand how the martyrdom and the senseless persecution of Afghan Christians by the Taliban can turn out for the good.
There is so much that is happening in our world that I don’t understand.
But here’s the thing. My job isn’t to understand. My job is to trust God.
Because God is at work to establish his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven whether I can see it or understand it. God’s work and purposes don’t depend on my understanding.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your thoughts. As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:8-11).
I needed that. I needed this reminder.
God is good. God is at work whether I understand it or not. That’s not my job. My job is to trust God.