God in the questions

Questions are a part of my life. From an early age, I asked “Why?”  While a little boy I took my toys apart to see what made them run. As a young adult, I made authority figures uncomfortable by pushing back against policies that could not be explained, refusing to accept “that’s just the way it is.” Did I find all the answers I wanted? No, I did not.

As the road of my life lengthened I found that there are some things in life that will remain cloaked in mystery, unexplainable, unfathomable to my finite mind. Most importantly, I realize that most all of the problems and challenges are not the result of a single cause and effect. Pulling one string does not always unravel every knot!

Are you trying to make sense of life in a chaotic era? Does sorting through the pandemic information, the social protests, the ‘news’ that fills your TV and smartphone apps, only leave you asking more questions? The process of  inquiry is complicated by people who offer simplistic solutions, believing that our complex problems can be solved easily, quickly, with a single change.

For example, we know, or at least we should know, that there is no single answer for dealing with the pandemic and the disruptions that have come to us. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ kind of issue! Shouting at the world in anger is not going to make the virus go away. Hiding out in our homes is not a permanent solution either. So, we wisely try to put together a reasonable course of action that manages risk as we continue to live and work. WE can do it, IF we are willing to take responsibility and listen to people outside of our normal information stream.

Today, I want to remind you of things you probably already know. As I do, my prayer is that you will find the stability promises by this word: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3, NLT)

Our foundation is critical!  
Long ago, I committed myself to the Living God, convinced of the truth of His Word. The Gospel is my solid rock. The love of God, shown to us in Christ Jesus, holds me secure. Come what may, I know that my eternal home is guaranteed by His grace and the Resurrection. The One in Whom I trust knows my yesterdays, my today, and my tomorrows. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16, NIV)  My faith may be battered but I can stand because there is a solid foundation in place.

Let’s not confuse faith with apathy.
To just say, “whatever” leaves situations unaddressed, leads to worship of tradition that loses touch with a changing world. Faith anchors in a Person who declares “I am God—yes, I AM. I haven’t changed.” (Malachi 3.6)  Faith bridges the gap between what I can see presently and God’s promise. And faith continues to be “careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you.” (Philippians 2:12)  

Humility is a key as we prayerfully ponder the mysteries of life.  
Angrily demanding that God’s answer or determining that we can find our own way without Him are both paths that will lead us to frustration. It may sound like a cliché but it remains true. God asks us to come to Him, fully expecting to find Him, trusting Him like a child trusts a beloved parent, so that we can be led by His Spirit.

Wisdom is important, too.
Knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom, is it? A person may know many facts and lack any real understanding of life itself. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15, NIV)  “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13, NIV)  Asking our questions and choosing to trust Him while seeing the world with God’s wisdom creates a rich life of godliness that blesses our world.

Here’s an affirmation from the Word. Paul’s life was about to end. He’s in a Roman prison. Many have deserted him. He has some real questions – yet he is filled with faith and declares –  “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. … That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.” (2 Timothy 1:12,14, NKJV)

The world in which we live needs people of deep faith, with wisdom, who will lead the lost, the confused, those without hope, to LIFE. We can, we must, we will!
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Build My Life

(A worshipful song that points us to faith on which to build our lives)

Worthy of ev’ry song we could ever sing
orthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of ev’ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Jesus the name above ev’ry other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of ev’ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You We live for You

Holy there is no one like You
There is none besides You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

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