I often hear people, ask, ”Why?”
Why did God let this happen? Why didn’t He stop this or that?
As someone who has walked through some serious seasons of suffering, I can say this: Asking why has never gotten me anywhere helpful or good.
I was sitting on the deck in my backyard recently, gazing up at the vast beauty of leaves dressed in their finest red and orange. It struck me how different my view was from underneath. I couldn’t take it all in. I could barely see the sky above. And I knew God was speaking to me about the limited vision I have.
God is on the throne, and I am not. I don’t expect to understand or comprehend a picture so vast only He can see it. But, there are things I can be certain of. From where I sit I can see the source of those leaves. I see the mighty trunk holding them high, even the roots planted deeply anchoring them in times of storms.
There are things we know, dear ones, that should overwhelm what we don’t. We know our God is for us! The sacrifice He gave in Jesus, His only Son, points to how very valuable we are to Him. We know God has promised to work everything for our good and for His glory. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He goes before us and behind us. Every place our feet step He has already walked, and no enemy can surprise. And He has promised to uphold us with His mighty right hand: “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13, NIV).
Only by fixing our gaze on Jesus again and again can our perspective change. What other promises can you strengthen your heart with today?