When God doesn’t make sense

Maybe the toughest test of your life will be when you have absolutely no idea what God is doing or why.

Out of all the young women in the world, why am I (or my wife) the one who gets breast cancer?

After all my years of faithfulness to you, Lord, why do you choose to take my child?

Why am I devastated by unrelenting pain, or depression, or anxiety?

Why have you chosen to leave me unemployed?

Sometimes God doesn’t make sense at all.

I’m sure some combination of those thoughts filled Abraham’s mind when he trudged toward Mount Moriah with a little wood, some fire, and his son Isaac.

God had told him three days earlier to travel to this particular place for one terrifying purpose: to offer Isaac as a blood sacrifice. Human sacrifice was completely inconsistent with God’s character, which made it all the more perplexing for Abraham.

But he went anyway, apparently offering no objections, at least not where anyone could hear them.

Adding to Abraham’s bewilderment must’ve been the fact that he knew this son was the one God had given him for a special purpose: to extend his lineage so that God might bless the world through this family (Genesis 12:1-3).

And now God has told me to kill my son.

Have you been there?

Of course God hasn’t told you to sacrifice a child, but have you faced perplexing things, maddeningly incomprehensible situations?

What then?

I know it sounds trite. Any kind of advice, however well-intentioned, may be offensive. What does he know about what I’m going through?

But I’ll risk saying it anyway.

I think God wants you to do what Abraham did as he plodded up Moriah. He just kept walking, hoping, believing God would somehow work this out.

God wants us to trust Him and do what He says.

Abraham had been walking with the Lord long enough to know that God was faithful, even when things didn’t make sense.

So he walked all the way to the place of sacrifice . . . before God finally stopped him.

“Now I know that you fear God,” the Lord said (Genesis 22:12).

Maybe you’re facing a situation right now that’s incomprehensible.

Please trust God and keep walking.

He hasn’t promised that He’ll remove the struggle, but He’s promised He’ll take whatever it is and use it to accomplish His will in you. He’ll lead you closer to where you need to be, where God wants you to be.

Just keep walking, no matter what happens.

Have a great Monday!

In Christ,
Chuck

2 thoughts on “When God doesn’t make sense”

  1. I wanted to say first that this is a great article. This is something that my cousin has dealt with in that her young child has cancer. God bless you and your efforts for Christ. I wanted to see if I had your permission to place you on my blog roll? If you deem me and my blog worthy enough then I ask that you place mine on yours. But I will not be offended if you do not desire my blog advertised on your site. God message is the main desire. My blog is at http://ministermessage.blogspot.com. Thank you for everything you do.

  2. My wife and I struggle with this daily. Our, now 5yr old was born with a rare brain diease, and has almost left us twice. We struggle daily with ” Why does she have to endure this pain, and this struggle?”. “Why would God do this to an innocent child?”. We trudge on with the struggle of her care and her complicated life, with our faith always waivering an in question. Thank you for your article and your take on the situation.

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