Trusting God When You Don’t Understand

What do you do when there seems to be no rhyme or reason for the trial you’re going through?  How do you continue to stand strong in faith when your flesh is weak?  How do you find relief from the pain you feel?  How do you trust God when you don’t understand?

David was a teen tending his father’s sheep when he was anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be King, yet he had to wait about 15 years before he actually ascended to the throne.  During this process of waiting, David endured many hardships.  How David handled this delay reveals much about his character and shows us why God chose him.  When others (including his own family) saw a shepherd boy, God saw a King.

Consider this example of David’s integrity.  He is selected to be King Saul’s private musician and armor bearer.  He’s too young to go to the front lines and fight the notorious Philistines, so he continues to faithfully tend his father’s sheep, as well as comfort King Saul with his music.  No one in Saul’s army will take on Goliath’s challenge to fight him in a one-on-one contest, but David.  He faces off with this Philistine champion equipped only with a sling shot and five smooth stones gathered from a brook.  He runs toward Goliath swinging his sling shot round and round, gaining momentum with each turn.  Suddenly the ground shakes from his thunderous fall.  His taunts and threats against Israel’s army are silenced forever when David quickly draws Goliath’s own sword from its sheath and cuts off his massive head.   The Philistines scatter like buckshot.

David becomes a hero that day.  The women sing songs about him, which causes Saul’s jealousy to increase to the point he tries to kill David.  He tosses a javelin at him.

Saul also tries to get rid of David by having him killed in battle.  He appoints him commander of a thousand men, thinking that the same zeal David had in killing Goliath, will get him in trouble on the battlefield and “do him in.”

David has the opportunity to kill Saul in a cave as Saul is relieving himself.  David is close enough to cut off a piece of Saul’s garment.  He shows it to Saul later, attesting to the fact he could have killed him, but didn’t.  Once again, we see David’s integrity in this incident.

I’m sure David questioned all the trouble he had to endure even though he was anointed to be king.  He was anointed and appointed for the throne, but it didn’t happen right away.  Instead he was running around, hiding in the wilderness, trying to escape King Saul’s wrath.  Saul had lost his anointing, yet he was still King!  David had to wait.  He had to wait until the appointed time and his time did come!  Your time will come too.

The fact is this, the Lord was on David’s side because David was on the Lord’s side. 

David chose to trust God even when he didn’t understand.  He chose to wait on the Lord and His timing.  He remained faithful to His God.

Our daughter went through a difficult divorce a few years ago.  Her whole world fell apart.  She was betrayed and left to raise her 2 young sons alone.  She has to work and support them and herself, which is hard. If your a single parent, you understand.   She struggled and wept through many dark days in the process of trying to understand why, but she chose to forgive, pick herself up and trust in God.   She couldn’t make sense of why she and her boys had to go through all the pain that divorce brings.  But she read her Bible, prayed and made a conscious choice to forgive her ex husband.  She did not want a root of bitterness to grow inside her heart.

Was it easy?  No!  Did she want to forgive him?  No!  But that is what the Bible says for Christians to do.  We must obey God’s Word to walk in His blessings.

She continues to trust Jesus each day.  She continues to struggle with all the human emotions of pain, but God is good and she is moving on with her life putting her confidence in her heavenly Father.

There are not as many dark days as before.  She and her boys are now able to laugh again.  Life has been hard, but God is going to bless them abundantly and is blessing them because His promises are “yes, and Amen!”

He has promised to restore unto us everything the devil has stolen!  When you read His Word, you see it illustrated over and over again.  Those who remain faithful to Him, in spite of the trials they face, will come out unscathed from the devil’s fiery darts.

I’ve always loved the song, Through It All, written by Andrae Crouch.

Through It All

  • I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
    I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
    there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
    But in every situation,
    God gave me blessed consolation,
    that my trials come to only make me strong.

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
    I’ve learned to trust in God.

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

    I’ve been to lots of places,
    I’ve seen a lot of faces,
    there’s been times I felt so all alone.
    But in my lonely hours,
    yes, those precious lonely hours,
    Jesus lets me know that I was His own

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
    I’ve learned to trust in God.

    Through it all,
    through it all,
    I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

    I thank God for the mountains,
    and I thank Him for the valleys,
    I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
    For if I’d never had a problem,
    I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
    I’d never know what faith in God could do.

What about you?  Are you struggling to trust God through one of life’s storms you don’t understand? 

If you are remember these key points:

  • Realize God is with you through every trial you face in this life.  “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4 KJV  The key word in this verse is, through.  You will come out on the other side a victor!
  • Read the Bible to build your faith.  The great heroes of the Bible faced difficult and trying circumstances too.  They were human and faced the same trials you and I face today, but because they put their hope and faith in Him, they came out victorious and you can too!  Read about David, Joseph, Elijah, Moses, the Apostle Paul, the 3 Hebrew children.  Their faith will strengthen your faith.
  • Pray for guidance from the Holy Ghost.  Pray for Him to comfort your heart.  Pray for Him to give you power to overcome your situation and circumstances.  Lean on Him.
  • Trust God, even when you don’t understand.  Again, you will come through this!  He will bring you through to the other side of your storm safe and sound.  Believe it and refuse to doubt.
  • Praise Him!  Praise Him in the midst of the trial for the victory that already belongs to you.  When the devil tries to bring fear and doubt, get rid of him in a hurry by praising the name of Jesus!  The enemy must bow at the name of Jesus.  His name is above every name, plus the Bible says He (Jesus) inhabits the praises of His people.  When you praise Him, He will show Himself mighty on your behalf.  You can’t lose because Jesus is for you.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalm 56:3 KJV

That’s what David did!  That’s what you and I must do too…trust in Jesus even when we don’t understand.  He sees and He knows.  The outcome will be glorious!

The Voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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