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You have no idea.

May 15, 2018

Do you remember having little kids who were asking, “Why?”

Do you remember going to school and learning about science, history, literature, and math?

Do you ever sit with a friend who has gone through a crisis?

All around us are things to learn. We can research. We can observe. We can write books. We can hold lectures. But it seems that there will always be something more to learn.

Often the hardest mystery to unravel is God’s plan. Especially in the midst of a crisis, we often ask, “Why? What is God’s purpose in this? What is He going to accomplish?”

Solomon gives a point to consider:

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. (Ecclesiates 11:5).

That’s a question that puzzles scientists: where does the inner part of man come from? How does a human have a conscience? What about emotions? These set humans apart from animals, but where do they come from? We can see the distinction. We can observe fear and joy. We see the ability to choose between right and wrong. But what is the source that part of human nature?

Solomon says that we don’t know. And in the same way, we don’t understand God’s work. We can see the result of God’s work. We see the growing crops in the field or a drought killing them all. We see a car accident and we see thousands of people travel without any incident. We see a happy marriage and we see an abused spouse. We see a disabled child and we see the coordination required to play baseball. We see homelessness and mansions. We see war and peace.

We see the evidences of God’s work. We know from Scripture that He is in control of the good and the bad around us. But we don’t understand why.

But that is a good thing. If we could understand everything, we would be God. There would be no distinction between us and God. And frankly, we have a hard enough time thinking we’re God, even when we don’t know everything.

So the best and only thing we can do is to trust God. He’s got it under control. He’s leading history in a direction. He will bring it to His conclusion.

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