Okies and Texans have had more than just a wet spring. The recent floods have left them soaked, drenched, and thoroughly saturated. They must feel like Noah retired to their states and God has called him out of retirement for a sequel: The Flood Part Two.
The residents of these two states are feeling the aftermath of Texas-sized trauma. At some point in their ordeal, at least a few of them must have wondered: “Why is this happening to me?”
A truthful answer to such a question is about as easy to digest as a shoe leather tamale. To borrow from the words of Winston Churchill, it is so difficult to understand that it “is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
Trusting God when times are good, is easy; however, when adversity is knocking at the door it’s much harder. These are the times when you choose to believe in spite of the heartbreaking circumstances, and your belief is rooted in the truth of the bible.
When a traumatic event buckles your knees, you can find some comfort in three substantial truths about the nature of God:
- He is complete in His sovereignty
- He is infinite in His wisdom
- He is perfect in His love.
These truths are at the heart of what Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans: “God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways (Romans 11:33).”
Your reaction to calamity should not be controlled by your feelings. Instead, your response should be grounded in the truth and promises of God:
- In Corinthians 12:9, God said to Paul: “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.”
- In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul said the peace of God is sufficient to sustain you in your anxious moments.
Solomon made an interesting statement that can be applied to this discussion: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).”
When your plans go awry, and the Lord’s purpose begins to prevail in some incomprehensible way, will you trust in His truth, love, wisdom, and knowledge?