If you ask me what I don’t understand, the list is very long!
I do not understand trigonometry. If you asked me to define it, I can look it up in the dictionary just like everyone else. When I do, it explains to me that it is the branch of mathematics that deals with the relations of the sides and angles of triangles, and other angles.
Now, I understand triangles! Triangles are shapes with three straight sides and three angles. They are all about the three’s! A triangle is also a musical instrument and can be a relationship or situation involving three people. A triangle is even the correct term used for the device that positions the balls on a pool table.
However, I am still stumped on the understanding of trigonometry and truthfully, even on the need for studying it. Needless to say, my brain is not a mathematical one. But this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to not understanding.
I do not understand why people get sick when they seem to be so healthy!
I do not understand why Autumn is not cool and breezy allowing me to wear sweaters and watch leaves fall and sip warm beverages.
I do not understand why some people are mean and hurt others with seemingly little to no remorse.
I do not understand why greed takes over a person and causes them to lie, cheat and steal.
I do not understand why life seems to favor some and fall hard on others.
I could go on and on and on, the list of what I do not understand is endless!
If you ask me what I do understand the list is very short!
The only thing that I truly understand is that God is God and I am not!
Understanding is a truly difficult concept!
Last week we talked about enduring. We endure difficult situations and experiences and we survive, but do we understand why? Enduring is “Faith in Action.” It is actively engaging in difficult, hard and even unjust situations because we know God has called us to endure. We know that in doing so, no matter how difficult, God is producing His character in us as we endure. Enduring is active, understanding is not.
We may have absolutely no clue as to why we are called to endure certain situations.
Our finite brains can no more comprehend why pain and suffering are necessary than they can why bad things happen to good people.
But we have a Heavenly Father who does understand. Our God is Good! He loves us with a love that is supernatural and cannot be fully understood with our human brains.
Our God is faithful to us, protects us, stretches our faith, builds endurance in us and above all knows, fully understands and does what is best for us!
God’s BEST is not always what we want at the time, and much of the time is not something we fully understand. However, like any loving, faithful, compassionate parent, God gives us what is BEST for us.
Imagine a child out on a boat tour of the Pacific Ocean. You pull away from the shore and out into the rolling, white with foam waves that break into crystal blue water. The child peers overboard and is in awe. They stare into the glassy ocean like it is a mirror reflecting their own image back to them. They jump up and down with exhilarattion and beg you to let them jump in.
You, as a loving, protective, compassionate parent tell them NO! They raise the level of their voice screaming and crying and jumping up and down demanding you let them jump in. “The water is so pretty,” they say. “The waves are rolling and look like so much fun,” they scream. Still as a loving parent you hold your ground, knowing that they are unable to understand the danger and risks they are asking to take.
God answers us in a similar way, just like any good and loving parent would.
“I know what’s best for you, trust me when you can’t understand it yourself.”
Do you trust Him? Are you willing to believe that all that He is doing in our lives is what’s BEST for us? Even if we do not always get what we ask Him for?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
He is stretching our faith, building endurance in us, and being a good Father that works all things out together for our good.
So, I ask you again, “Do You Trust Him?”
Do you believe that even when you do not understand, God is strengthening you, showing you His faithfulness, and preparing you for the future?
GOD IS A GOOD GOOD FATHER, WE CAN TRUST HIM EVEN WHEN WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND!
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