When You Don’t Understand What God is Doing

by Cynthia Jennings on March 25, 2020
Has there ever been a time in your life when you received some unsettling news or God gave you instructions that seemed so out there? After receiving the news, you shouted, “God what are you doing?!!!!” This experience is often very uncomfortable. Believing God not only demands faith but often puts into question the faith you say you have.

This journey is often a road filled with more potholes than anticipated. Where you don’t doubt God’s presence but question His plan. Where your enthusiasm wans and your confidence trembles. During this time, you find yourself begging, “Lord, can you just show me what you’re doing?” You wait for a response. But there is no flash of lightning illuminating God’s plan or thunderous voice with a mystifying explanation. Yet in His time you will receive a quiet thought impressed upon your exhausted heart asking, “Do you want a God you can explain or a God you can extol {glorify}?”

When that thought was quietly impressed on my exhausted heart it made me recognize a truth. A God of infinite majesty can’t be measured. A God who releases miracles can’t be contained and a God who is eternal, steadfast, unchanging, with a love that is unconditional can’t be explained.

As I sat in my office, I realized I had a choice. Will I let the mystery of God bolster my doubt or guide my wonder? This brings to mind some women who I’m quite sure had plenty of questions yet didn’t allow their doubt to overshadow who they knew God to be:

The Hebrew midwives outsmarted the Egyptian Pharaoh and saved the lives of the Jewish newborn boys (Exodus 1:17-21).
Jochebed circumvents Pharaoh’s order to kill all the baby boys by hiding her newborn son Moses in the bushes. (Exodus 2).
Rahab, a prostitute hides two Israelite spies and saves their lives as well as her family (Joshua 2:1-16; 6:17-25).

I began to praise God, because what I do know about Him is far more important than what I don’t know:
I know God loves me and will never leave me (John 3:16; Hebrews 13:5).
I know God is for me and not against me (Romans 8:31).
I know God’s Word is true (Psalm 33:4).

Just these few “I knows” gave me a lift! Not just a physical lift but Iifted my hands in praise! Although the question of “God what are you doing?” may not fully dissipate. The unease that use to accompany that question is no longer swaddled in disappointment and despair but clothed in a comfort of hope.

As I look out the window, I see the magnificence of the sun peering through the clouds. I don’t know how He does it…. but I know this, it wondrous, just like He is!
PEARLStoPONDER: God will never fit into a finite box of our understanding. But He will always fulfill our infinite need for a Savior. Ask God to give you strength to praise Him even when you don’t understand what He is doing.

Ecclesiastes 11:5--As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

Isaiah 55:8-11--For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven  and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,  giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
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