When God Doesn’t Make Sense
Not every season in this Christian life is designed to make sense. Your salvation may have greeted you with rainbows, roses, and butterflies, but soon you find that those sunny seasons don’t last forever. The Word tells us we are more than conquerors through Christ, but these days, if you’re being honest, you feel like everything but that. A worn out and wounded soldier would be a more accurate description.
How could it be? You were doing everything “right,” yet that’s when the rain and hell came pouring down. You read the Word of God daily, you haven’t missed a church service, and you pay your tithes faithfully (even throwing in a little extra as offering from time to time). And yet you still find yourself here, in this desert that looks nothing like the promised land you were guaranteed.
It doesn’t make sense. You’ve been nothing but faithful to God. As a matter of fact, if blessings and favor were a recipe, you had all the right ingredients measured out perfectly. Yet, the lack of order and peace in your life now has you questioning yourself:
“Am I cursed?”
“Am I doing this Christian thing wrong?”
“Is God punishing me for something I’ve done?”
“Does God even love me?”
“Is He still there?”
“If God was so good, why would He let this happen?”
The trials we go through aren’t always about anything we have done or failed to do. Sometimes, life is the only one to blame for our problems. In the book of John, Jesus assured His disciples that in this life they WILL have tribulations (John 16:33). This was not a conditional promise. He did not tell them they would have tribulations only if they did not pray, or if they didn’t follow Him, didn’t read the Word, or didn’t attend church. You see, trials and tribulations are unavoidable in this life and no one can find exemptions from them- not even the holiest, most righteous, or richest person in the world. We’re not in the garden anymore! We live in a fallen world ruled by Satan so therefore a perfect life void of trouble is unattainable.
So then, what should you do when you find yourself in the midst of an unexpected, violent storm?
First and foremost, do not mistakenly blame God for your struggles. God isn’t this sick, evil man in the sky that finds entertainment in your pain, nor does He just sit around thinking of ways to make your life miserable for the sake of “making you stronger.” Understand there is a legitimate enemy of mankind (the devil) who plots and schemes of ways to kill, steal, and destroy us. Do not waste your energy huffing, pouting, and throwing up an angry fist at God while the enemy just snickers in the corner reveling at the success of his master plan to create enmity between you and God.
God is not your enemy, the devil is.
A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25). In other words, if you are busy quarreling with God, how then can you two come together in agreement to fight the common enemy? Victory, in this case, is impossible. In the tribulations, it is crucial that you would draw closer to God so you can partner with Him and form a strategy to defeat the enemy and his plans and workings in your life.
Second, though God is not the one who initially orchestrated the storm, He is known for his power to turn things around and make every pain, trial, and tribulation we endure work out for our good (Romans 8:28). In God, we never suffer in vain. If you can hold on and not give up, there is always a reward or blessing waiting for you on the other side of the storm. That blessing may manifest itself in the natural and come in the form of a financial breakthrough, family salvation, healing, or a breakthrough in a prayer you’ve been petitioning for. Alternatively, the reward may come in the form of a spiritual gift such as gaining more power, authority, anointing, favor, wisdom, or even deeper levels of intimacy with God.
The enemy may choose to attack our lives and throw darts at us, but God will use those very same darts to build a monument of His glory in our lives if we let Him. No battle, no victory, right? It may look like the enemy is winning, but trust that God is up to something. Put your hope and faith in Him because He is a God that never fails and He knows no defeat.
Just think, Jesus, though the blameless son of God with all of the “right ingredients,” suffered more pain (physically and emotionally) than anyone to ever walk this earth. The enemy had a plan for His life which was to torture and crucify Him. The plans of the enemy seemingly prevailed, but God was up to something the entire time. If the enemy knew the effects that Christ’s crucifixion would have on the world and the generations to come, he wouldn’t have crucified Him. Look at Jesus now – He is matchless in His power, and reign.
May Jesus be your example and inspiration to keep going. In the battles, may you recognize your enemy (the devil) but focus on your victory (Jesus). It may not make much sense of why God could allow you, His beloved, to suffer at the merciless hands of the enemy, but trust He is always up to something. Keep pushing.