Understanding God: Questions of Life

Understanding Life

Understanding Life with Questioning GodThere are just some things in life that are beyond understanding. Sometimes though we seem to have a burning need for explanations. Maybe it is because we need to work out a personal problem or solve an issue to help others. Though we may try there are just some things that can’t be answered. The Boston Globe used to carry a daily column designed to answer readers’ questions. At the end of the year they listed the top ten received but yet unanswerable questions. One unanswerable question posed by a nine-year-old boy read. ”I am nine years of age and have a cat that eats regularly, is overweight, and needs to go on a diet. He also eats mice when he is out. How many calories are in a mouse?”

Sometimes things are just complicated and there are too many differing factors that otherwise give a clear answer. We, as humans, seem to always be on a quest to work out problems and gain more knowledge. We appear to have a great incessant need to understand. Our curiosity is a byproduct of intelligence and a survival trait. Learning and understanding are how early people gained food, shelter, and other necessities of life. It still carries through in today’s world even though the process of gaining these necessities have changed for most cultures. People survive by coming to terms with understanding life but confusion can still upset the balance.

Tangling with Confusion

I often struggle in my life with the need to understand the ”why” behind something.  Recently I became consciously aware that I have a favorite phrase. I tend to repeat this phrase when I am trying to understand why someone or an entity responds or acts the way they do. So often from my lips spills the sentence, ”That makes no sense.” As I became more alert to this I realize that I am regularly seeking answers from others. If I can receive a reasonable explanation I can more easily accept and move beyond my questions. More often than not however I become more confused sometimes not even understanding myself. Like the university student seen with a large ”K” printed on his t-shirt. When someone asked him what the ”K” stood for, he said, ”Confused.” The questioner replied, ”You don’t spell confused with a ”˜K.’” The student answered, ”You don’t know how confused I am.”

Life is confusing sometimes even for the believer. We seek to understand the ways of the world only to confuse ourselves more. We question the ways of the world and sometimes we find ourselves questioning God. This week our focus verse however has some strong reminders for us to remember when our world appears to spin-off of its axis. It is not for us to understand why God allows or directs the things that happen but through our faith we are to simply accept knowing that He does all things for His glory. God alone is the possessor of absolute power and wisdom. We will not know all the whys behind life but are to accept that which is beyond our control knowing that God’s mercy is for everyone.

Accepting the Impossibilities of Understanding All

It is important to remember that all the goodness in the world comes from God. We are dependent upon Him as He is the source of all things including us. Understanding the ways of the world in order to function in life is not necessary.  Instead it is important that we accept the ways of God and understand that it is easier to find the solace of peace by going in faith with Him than to move away from Him.

Attempting to understand the knowledge and wisdom of God leads to mass confusion. But knowing we can count upon Him in the end is the balm that soothes the soul and allows us to survive the world in peace. It is time to stop questioning life and instead accept in faith that God is in full control.

Oh how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways! Romans 11:33 (NLT)

Understanding that God is in Control

To have an understanding with life, you first must understand that God is in control. Living and leading your life with faith helps dissipate the incessant need to understand the ways of God. Remembering that God’s knowledge and wisdom gives Him absolute power firms and secures your faith allowing it not to waiver in times of trouble, adversity, or strife.

God creates, His presence helps, and His provisions sustain. Humankind can only describe God with limited knowledge as compared to experiences on earth but this type of understanding limits His power and underestimates what He is capable of. No one can know what the Lord is thinking but believers hold insight into some of God’s plans. It is through the Holy Spirit that you can begin to know God’s thoughts. It is important that if you want some understanding of God’s ways that you spend consistent time in His presence and in His word having a personal relationship with Christ.

Are you up for the challenge of understanding God? Give up the strong necessity of knowing all the answers of life because the result leads to greater understanding. Be convicted in your faith by showing it. Step out bravely and boldly proclaiming Christ finding the peace of understanding. For there you will find solace in knowing that someone else is in control who has absolute power and wisdom to manage everything on this earth and beyond.

Understanding life comes from knowing that all things will work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) Let your faith satisfy the unanswered questions of life through the understanding that God’s ways are beyond all the impossibilities you can imagine.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

Where God place a ”.” (period) let no man put a ”?” (question mark).

Extra Study

Isaiah 40:13, Isaiah 45:15, Isaiah 55:8, 1 Corinthians 2:16

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