It’s in times like these that I find myself questioning. I’m
not sure who I’m even asking; maybe myself, maybe God, maybe no one….I’m just
not sure. I guess that’s the issue after all…I’m not sure. I tell myself that
God is sure when I am not. I tell myself a lot of things-we have many
conversations just me, myself, and I!
I know me. I like to understand and know all the reasons
behind situations. I like answers. When there
are no answers it requires trust and I don’t often like that! I’d rather know a
timeline, a plan, a beginning and an end. God doesn’t always work that way. We
have to walk by faith and often, it’s blind faith. We can’t see where we’re going
so we have to hold onto our Guide who knows the way and can see what we can’t.
That takes faith. Meanwhile, trust and
hope are the critical components in that walk of faith. There is a difference in knowing and having answers. Faith knows God. Trust takes hope by the hand
and informs the soul that “all is well” because God is in control.
There have been many times where it felt like everyone had
abandoned ship and I was on the Titanic scrambling for a life boat! Even in the
darkest hour, lost at sea, Jesus still walks on water and bids us to come. That is the God I know. He never leaves us
even in our most painful moments when nothing makes sense and we just want to
run away from it all. We have all these feelings and we don’t know where to put
them. He is our burden-bearer and tells
us simply what to do. “Casting the whole of our care [all your anxieties, all
your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you
affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (I Peter 5:7 Amplified) Well, I
guess that about covers it!
In Psalm 55 we are told to “Cast your burden on the Lord
[releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the
[consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall or fail).” The key is to be consistently righteous which
means in right-standing with God. That comes with knowing and then, doing. Ecclesiastes 12:13 has been my passage to live
by for years. It answers the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of my so-called life and all the mysteries that have come with it.
“All has been heard;
the end of the matter is; Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is]
and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original
purpose of His creation, the object of God’s providence, the rot of character,
the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious
circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole duty for every man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether
it’s good or evil.”(Amplified)
That not only says it all…it answers it all.