Truths For When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

I didn’t get a post written last week as my emotions felt too raw and needed some processing.

Yesterday I came across an old post. Within it were some truths that encouraged my heart. I’m sharing them again with you, praying they will give you hope through whatever storm of life you are in.

God is God. We are not. We don’t need to make sense out of everything. Someday we will fully understand the bigger picture of all this.

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now
what I am doing, but someday you will.”
John 13:7 NLT

The events and circumstances that perplex us can lead us into a deeper faith in God. They help us to rely more heavily on God and His promises. They refine us to be more like Jesus.

“But He knows the way that I take
[and He pays attention to it].
When He has tried me, I will come forth
as [refined] gold [pure and luminous].
Job 23:10 AMP

Bad things happen when people who are given choices choose evil. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us or doesn’t care. No evil will separate us from His love.

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory
is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing
can ever separate us from God’s love.
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—
not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed,
nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from
the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:37-39

God has the power to protect us from evil, but sometimes He chooses to allow us to break, so we can be led deeper into the brokenness He suffered for us. The more we connect with His brokenness, the more He can use our brokenness to help others who are broken.

“As for you, you meant evil against me,
but God meant it for good,
to bring it about that many people
should be kept alive, as they are today.”
Genesis 50:20

No matter what happens, God’s plans and thoughts are for our good, not for evil. He gives us a future and a hope in Him.

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’
says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not
for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 AMP

 The sufferings we go through here are nothing compared to the glory hereafter.

“For I consider [from the standpoint of faith]
that the sufferings of the present life
are not worthy to be compared with the glory
that is about to be revealed to us and in us!”
Romans 8:18 AMP

“Look Up Child”
by Lauren Daigle

“Where are You now
When darkness seems to win
Where are You now
When the world is crumbling…”

God’s Supply and Love Through Times of Drought and Testing

God's Supply and Love to Elijah
God’s Supply and Love to Elijah

God’s ways are incomprehensible. He uses all kinds of means and ways to provide for us. He can do anything and everything.

As Elijah sat alone by the Kerith Brook where God hid him from King Ahab who wanted to kill him, I wonder what he must have felt. God sent ravens to bring him bread and meat in the morning and evening. But ravens? Birds who feast on decaying flesh and garbage? I wonder… Did he shudder or gag?

As the drought lengthened, he had to watch the water in the brook diminish day by day. Did his hope also weaken? We are not told, but he was human, and it must have been so hard to hang onto hope at times.

God also provided bread for his soul, or he couldn’t have endured it. Though he was in a wide open space, being solitary can adversely affect mind and body. Except for the grace of God, he would have succumbed under it all. He had to trust God would provide for him in every way. And his heart must have been aching for the souls of the people who were following Baal and other gods instead of the one true God. But he couldn’t tell them. He had to surrender to God’s will and way no matter what it cost.

When the brook dried up, God did not forget him. He sent him to a widow in Zarephath of Zidon, the center of Baal-worship and the original home of Queen Jezebel who wanted him dead. Did he quake with fear? Did he wonder what God had in mind? He had over 100 miles of hot desert to walk and think about it all. Yet he obediently followed God’s leading.

Zarephath means “a workshop for the smelting and refining of metals” (Dictionary.com). More trials were ahead for Elijah to refine him more into God’s image, to purify away all the dross of self and to equip him for the work God had for him to do.

When he got to the widow, he asked for water. As the widow went to get some, he asked for some bread, too. She replied, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”

But Elijah still trusted God would provide, and said, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”

Wow! God would not allow him, the widow, or her son to starve during the years the drought lasted. End of story? Nope. More severe testing…

The widow’s son got sick and died. Elijah’s heart broke. He carried the boy to his bed and cried out in anguish, “O Lord my God, why have You brought tragedy to this widow who has opened her home to me, causing her son to die?”

He then stretched out on the boy three times and begged God for his life. And wonder of wonders, God graciously revived this child.

You can find this story in I Kings 17. Ever since I studied this passage at a Bible Study with some other women, I have been thinking a lot of how much I underestimate God’s powerful grace and provision. Isn’t God the same yesterday, today, and forever?

Even today God cares about every little detail of our lives. He wants us to ask for His provision for mind, body, and soul. He has the power to provide for us far beyond what we ask or think. He sometimes severely tests us to refine us more into His image, to lose the dross of ourselves.

Because Elijah went through severe testing, he became better equipped to do the difficult things God had in store for him. Without strength in His God, he could never gather the courage to move forward to follow God no matter what the cost. And God still works the same way today. Through trials God is preparing us for something greater to His glory.

Does that mean we will never fear? No, but faith does not mean it won’t be without fear. Does that mean we will never question God? No, even Elijah the prophet questioned God. Does that mean we will always get what we ask for? No, because God knows a better way.

Any way God provides for us is remarkable, whether it’s loud and bold or quiet and unseen. And sometimes it can even be through stinky, flesh-eating ravens or a mysterious way of a little flour stretching a long ways. God can not be put in a box, and He uses whichever way He chooses.

“Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever.”
~ Hebrews 13:8

“Now all glory to God, who is able,
through His mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more
than we might ask or think.
~ Ephesians 3:20

Praying for God’s powerful provision in your life –
physically, emotionally, spiritually!
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