In a hard time? Do you trust God even if you don’t understand?

Experiences that crush our spirit, overwhelm our emotions, and lead us to despair of life itself, evoke the age old question: “Why God?” The attempts to answer the question of evil and suffering are legion and can leave us confused, uncertain, perplexed and unsure as to what God is doing. It seems that with all of the attempts to answer the big “why” question, someone would have come up with a satisfactory answer to it, but they haven’t. As a result many people have jettisoned their faith because of the lack of any reasonable answer. Some may even respond as much of Boston did after the marathon bombing in 2013—we are Boston strong—we will get through this, we will not let this get us down, we will pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and move on, we will triumph! And as wonderful as the testimonies are of those who survived and through self-will and determination have overcome great physical obstacles, this response does not answer the “why” question, it simply ignores it as if such things are just a part of life and we need to suck it up and move on.

But I and my wife came to another conclusion during my journey with esophageal cancer.  We had to ask ourselves: we will trust God only if we understand what He is doing in our lives or will we trust Him no matter what? Will we trust Him once we arrive at what others might consider a reasonable explanation or will we trust Him, knowing that His reasons extend beyond what our finite minds could ever understand (see Isaiah 55:9)? We decided early on: we WILL trust the Lord, no matter what! Our response does not suffice for someone who is not a Christian (and possibly for some Christians), but those of us who know that this life is not the end; it is the only answer to the unanswerable!  What about you?  Will you trust Him no matter what?

(Follow our trust journey with God in: In the Crucible: How God Sustains and Transforms in Hard Times)

About the author : Dan Schlueter

Dan Schlueter

Daniel Schlueter received both his BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain. He then received his MA in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After working as an engineer for GE Aircraft Engines for more than 28 years, he received his DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Spiritual Formation. He and his wife, Lita, have been married for more than 40 years. They live in Danvers, Massachusetts.

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