Scripture Reading: Romans 9:19-29
“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?'” (Romans 9:20)
Let’s be honest — there are things we face in life that we do not understand, do not like and have a hard time accepting. Life is full of disappointments and hardships. It is easy for to question God. Why did God allow these things to happen? Where is God in our pain and disappointments? Does God really care about me? Some people become bitter towards God and run from Him. They become disappointed in God and perhaps even angry at Him.
I have faced situations in my life that left me confused and deeply saddened. I’ve experienced things that I wish had turned out different than they did. I think it is normal for us to wonder why God does some of the things He does. Read through the Psalms. The Psalmist on many occasions seems to be questioning God — “O God, why do You cast us off forever? Why does Your answer smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?” (Psalm 74:1)
But we must work through our disappointments and grief. We must see God for who He truly is — the sovereign Lord of all things. We may not like things that happen to us and we may wish they were different; but when we believe in God’s sovereignty we can rest in Him and submit to His will for our lives. We must realize our finite understanding of things and our inability to see the larger picture — “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?”
Do you remember God’s words to Job when he questioned God? “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements — surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?” (Job 38:4,5). If God created this universe and all that is in it by His power and wisdom, can’t we accept what He brings into our lives?
But we may at times question God. However, we must remember that — “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). God is in control and He works out everything in conformity to His perfect purpose. Ultimately we must submit ourselves to His perfect will, for we know that He causes all things to work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
O Sovereign Creator, I confess that I am weak and untrusting at times. I have questioned You and even doubted You. Forgive me, for I know that You are all wise, all powerful and sovereign over all things. I do trust You even when I do not like what I am facing and when I wish things were different. I bow before Your majesty and wisdom. I know that You are bringing everything in conformity with the purpose of Your will and that You will cause all things to work together for my good.
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