I Don’t Understand, But I Believe!

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Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10
“The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in.” —R.C. Sproul 
Lately, I’ve been reading in Judges during my morning Bible time. And I have to admit, I don’t get it. And to be honest, there are many passages in the Bible I don’t get.
Ones where God allows (encourages/demands) the death of women and children in the conquest of a city and the slaughter of innocent babes in the search of the Savior. Ones where the “bad” guys seem to win (think King Herod) and the “good” guys lose (like the martyr Stephen). 

And when I look at the world in which we live, I see similar things. Headlines that read

  • 6 brothers arrested for molesting NC girl over decade
  • Teen arrested after 5 shot near Atlanta high school
  • Mom in custody after stabbing 7-year-old, police say
  • Hundreds trapped underground after explosion, fire at Turkish coal mine
  • Pastor awaiting trial for sex abuse found dead
  • Coach allegedly stole $950 from players’ wallets

And I don’t understand all over again.

I Don’t Understand

I don’t understand why God continues to allow war and hate and the destruction of the helpless.

I don’t understand why tornadoes and fires and floods destroy neighborhoods and take lives.

I don’t understand why young women are stolen from their homes and schools and sold into slavery.

I don’t understand why some die too young and others are left to suffer far too long. 

I don’t understand the pain and suffering that happens.

I don’t understand why some days are so hard. 

I don’t understand, and I never will. But then I don’t have to. 

But I Believe

Because I believe in God, the creator of the universe. I believe He is a sovereign, holy, and just God. I believe He continues to play an active role in the universe He created. 

And although not everything I see looks like God’s love in action, I believe His Son when He says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

I imagine you have some of the same frustrations and anxieties I do. You likely don’t really understand the ugliness in this world either. 

But we can take heart and hold onto hope because our God, the great I AM, promises to remain with us …

…and He understands for us.

We may not understand, but in faith we can believe the promises of the One who does. 

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Dear Father God, I shudder at the horrible headlines found in the daily news. I know we are a sinful people, but I don’t really understand why you continue to allow such pain and suffering. I don’t understand all your ways, Lord, but I believe in You. More importantly, though, I believe your words of truth. Please forgive any unbelief I do have. With the help of the Holy Spirit I will defer to your understanding and wait on your perfect timing for the end to all evil. Thank you, Father, for the love and life you freely offer me. To your name be all glory and honor. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.

Reflections: In what circumstances do you struggle the most with believing God’s promises? 

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  1. Amy at {Life to the Full} on May 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Wonderful and very honest post. I struggle with watching the news in general because there are so many horrible things happening and it only seems to get worse. You make a great point in this post and it gives me peace! Despite all the bad things happening, God is still in control and I just need to trust Him. This week I have been praying for God to forgive my lack of understanding – I get frustrated because His timing and “my timing” don’t usually line up. In the end, He knows what I need more than I know what I need!

    God bless and thank you for sharing this on Whimsical Wednesdays!
    Amy @ https://livinglifetruth.blogspot.com/

    • Julie Sunne on May 16, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Walking right there with you, Amy. Walking in faith does not require sight and understanding as much as it does trust as you point out. But as in all things when we battle the flesh, easier said than done. God, give us all the strength to surrender our need to understand and walk in faith. Amen.

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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