Suffering. A word we are more than merely acquainted with. Unbearable heartache leaves us worn, naked, and vulnerable. Exposure always seeks a hidden place though. Except, our tendency isn't to seek after the One who allowed hardship. No, we'd rather seek refuge in solitude. Or perhaps in people who cannot sustain us. Or maybe in things, such as unanswered questions, longing for closure.
“Why? Why, God?” and “How long?”
We grapple to find answers to these questions of ours, hoping in some twisted way, answers will soothe our unbearable heartache.
But even answers won't sustain us. They are mere ideas, words. There is no hope in them. Perhaps this is the reason God allows questions left unanswered. He knows what we're really after—refuge. A shelter found in trouble.
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Psalm 62:8, NIV
Will you trust him when your questions remain unanswered? Will your faith stand firm in the One who allows both good and calamities in your life, (Lamentations 3:38)?
Pour out your heart to him, then. God alone is your place of refuge. Though we will never understand his ways, the Bible makes his character clear:
“The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.”
Psalm 145:17, NIV
And perhaps, if we must have an answer to our questions, we will rest securely in the simple truth that we were made by him and for him, (Colossians 1:16). Everything is ultimately for his glory, not ours. And if these sufferable moments make us crave him for refuge, then praise be to God!
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Psalm 5:11, NIV
For the next two weeks, I invite you to learn more about God's sovereignty in hardship and how to seek him for refuge in the midst of it all. Download a two-week reading guide for your personal Bible study by clicking here. Also, follow on Facebook, as I share more truths from God's Word.
Finally, I invite you to watch the book trailer of Sara Hagerty's newly released book, “Unseen” by clicking here. Much of the post and study today were inspired by it. The depth of spiritual truths discovered in this book, interwoven into Hagerty's story, are too many to share in this small space. You must read it for yourself. It's a journey of discovering how all the seemingly unnoticed moments in our life—including times of hardship—are the very moments we can choose to seek God, who knows us fully.
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