“…if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” — Gideon [Judges 6:13 ESV]
There have been times when I thought it was inappropriate to question God. I’m learning more and more that’s its better to question Him than just criticize Him, or assume something about God’s will that might not be entirely true.
Last year when my wife & I filed our taxes, I had this preconceived notion that we were going to receive a huge return. We were mistaken. All of the toys & trinkets we thought we were going to acquire quickly escaped our imaginary grasp. We left our tax agent’s office defeated & a little dumbfounded.
Luckily, we had to drive separate vehicles to the appointment because I was coming straight from work. As I hopped into my truck to head home, I had some choice words for God at a rather loud volume. I was upset, confused, and felt somewhat betrayed.
When Gideon was approached by an angel while he was cowering in a cave, he kinda had the same initial feelings. The people of Israel were oppressed by the Midianites, losing hope, and beginning to think that God had failed them, or moved onto something different. But God never left & He was the furthest thing from a failure. God would go on to lead the people of Israel out of oppression & gain victory over the Midianites while using the same scaredy cat that questioned God’s effective presence with a mere 300 dudes and the mighty hand of God working in/thru the crazy situation.
God operates in the same economy of mercy & grace within the context of your life today. Even if you are questioning God because of all the crap in your life, don’t think for one moment that He’s abandoned you. He’s constant. Amidst the uncertainty of life, He is there. His love for you covers the largest landfill-sized pile of crud in your life.
“God is most powerfully present even when He seems to be most apparently absent.” — Pete Wilson, author of the book Plan B: What to Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would.
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we think they will. That doesn’t change the fact that God is still working it out, and for those of us that love God & are called according to His purpose… it’s all good. It truly is. Really.
We may never fully understand or agree with God’s plan for our lives, but that’s okay. God’s process of doing things is way above our pay grade, and it’s not critical that we comprehend every passing moment. But whats important for us to remember is echoed by our good pal Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming”.
“If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt. If doubt is eventually justified, we were believing what clearly was not worth believing. But if doubt is answered, our faith grows stronger still. It knows God more certainly, and it can enjoy God more deeply.” — Os Guinness