When You Can't Understand God

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:5, ‘As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.’


Observations: This world is an amazing place, full of complexity that even with all our science and technology we still don’t understand. We may be able to track the path of the wind, and we may understand a lot more about how life is formed, and yet we still do not understand why things happen as they do. Why does a storm appear in the Philippines which kills thousands and we are spared? Why is one baby born healthy and another dies in the womb? What is God doing in these events? When will Jesus return? The truth is that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isa 55:9). And while God has given us the intelligence to discover so much about his creation, and while he has revealed so much about his purposes in his word, he does not reveal it all.


Application: How do we deal with the fact that we don’t understand the work of God? The answer is that we trust in God’s character and what God has revealed. We do know that God is in control of all things. We do know that God is faithful to his word. We do know God will bring all things to completion, and that his justice and mercy will prevail. We don’t understand all the works of God, but he has made clear to us his work in Jesus Christ. We know that God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to die in our place that we might receive eternal life.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I often wonder why things work out the way they do. And I wonder why You allow certain things to happen, even why You would save me and not someone else. But Lord, I trust that You are doing what is best, that You are doing what is right. I know that at the end of all things You will be seen as right in all things, and that all people will bow before You. Lord, may I never forget that You are in control and that You are both merciful and just. I may not understand Your works, but I know all Your works are just. May You be forever praised. Amen.


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