When You Do Not Understand

Beginning today, I am going to slow down in the length of our scripture reading and for the next month I am seeking to go deep in a study of the book of Job and the book of James with a chapter of Psalm’s added to the mix each day.

The Lord confirmed this in my heart yesterday and even early this morning.  As some of you know, my wife’s mother is in the last stages of cancer. We are spending this week with her mom in caring for some of the needs she has while also giving her other family a break and some support.

Yesterday we took mom to the doctor and to lunch afterward.  At one point mom was so weak that I choose to gently lift her out of our vehicle.  I asked her to put her arms around my neck as I lifted her.  When she did, I felt the weight of her struggle but also I felt a renewed tenderness in her as she kissed me on the cheek. I will carry the memory of that moment long after God has called her home.

For me this scene brought a resounding truth taught in the book of Job.  When we are hurting God picks us up in His arms to carry us and all He asks us to do is to love Him and trust Him.  Mom did this with me and Job did this with our Heavenly Father.

The book of Job begins with a description of Job’s blessings in his faith, 1-2, and the blessings in his family, 3-5.  The chapter takes a strange turn as we see the blindness he had concerning the fight in heaven, 6-12.  At this moment, Job has no clue of what is next, wave after wave of hurt, 13-19.

Certainly we cannot often explain the hurt in this world.  We cannot explain why God allows some things to happen and some things He keeps from happening.  David could not either but here is what he could do, “I have become like a deaf man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes.  But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer,” Psalm 38:15.  David reminds us to not listen to our circumstances nor to listen to people’s wisdom.  Wait for God’s answer and trust Him even when we do not get an answer.

James drove this home with me, “Ask in faith, without doubting.”  God wants us to trust His sovereign plan even when we do not see the why.  We see this in Job as he battles in his faith, 1:21.  “The Lord gave, the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I am learning in these moments with mom to do this very thing.  I pray this translates into every area of my life and yours in Jesus name,

One Response to “When You Do Not Understand”

  1. marc mullins Says:

    God Bless you and your family Brother Keith, I look forward to the study in Job and James as I reflect on my own struggle to have faith when sickness, pain and recovery seemed to be an eternal part of my or my family’s life. I, in my flesh, wanted to know RIGHT NOW what God had in store for me and why my family had to endure the things we did. It is clearer now more than ever he had a huge plan for me and I am to glorify the Lord even when it seems impossible.

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