God, in the Middle of It!
"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." - Oswald Chambers
How many times have you asked yourself..."God, where are You in all of this!" Maybe you've asked that when you lost a loved one, went through a personal trial or just get fed up with all of the injustices in the world. There are more times than not when I don't understand the ways of the Lord. Just today, I became involved with an incident at our church where I just threw up my hands to the Lord and said, "So, is this all a part of Your 'big picture'!? I don't understand Lord!" And of course, my flesh waited for a response from the Lord...but He didn't answer.
So I went home, cried it out, talked with friends, and I still didn't hear from Him.
But yet now, as I write this post, I hear His voice saying..."My ways aren't your ways, My thoughts aren't your thoughts...and remember...it was sin, not I that caused this. But I will resolve it."
That's pretty comforting to know!
We are daughters of the Most High King...and, like any good Father, our Heavenly Father will always defend, protect and seek vengeance upon those who hurt us. And, in those times when you cry out "Abba, Father, why!" we know that, as joint heirs with Christ, we have the right to boldly approach the throne room of the King and bury our heads in His lap...and weep.
For He is not only our King, but He is our Daddy - and we are His little girls.
He is prepared to go to battle for us - to fed off and cast judgment on those who hurt His family members. He is the Warrior King, our Sovereign Lord.
But at the same time, He is our comfort, He is the voice that says, "Shh, my daughter shh...cry on Me, I Am here...that's it...Daddy's here." I can't help but think of the character of Marlyn in "Finding Nemo". The barracuda had just eaten Marlyn's wife and most of his children, still in their eggs. But Nemo remained...alone, shivering from fright...Marylin thought all hope was lost, but Nemo was there and he needed him - they needed each other. Marlyn took Nemo in his fins and said, "There, there...Daddy's here."
That is how we must surrender when we don't understand the ways of the Lord. We need to crawl into His lap, and let Him coddle us...soothe us...knowing full well that He will defend His family.
Sin is what causes this pain...and we know from His Word that the Lord hates sin "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23), and He will defend and protect us against those who sin against us.
So, ladies, let us run to the lap of our Abba Father - our Heavenly Daddy - and weep when we don't understand His ways. And let us ask Him for understanding and comfort in knowing that He will protect us all, and all will be made right when He comes again to rule and reign forever, and ever amen.
I would like to close with a prayer I know that you are all familiar with - as it is on my heart right now in regards to those that harm us, and not understanding His ways...please pray with me...
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
- Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
Allison is the author of, Simple Christian Living, a blog committed to enjoying Christ, simply, every day in every way.