I have tried to understand complicated positions before – if I don’t understand, I usually try to approach the position again from a different angle. I have tried to understand people who sharply disagree with me and then emotions pile into the situation and it’s gets really hard to understand and sort through the differentiating positions because our emotions often steals the spotlight.
Sometimes in the midst of pain, struggle and suffering, our viewpoint is skewed because we’re blinded by the struggle. We can’t think clearly or see clearly. Job was definitely struggling with perspective. He had seemingly lost all that mattered to him and he was pushing back on God for his losses. Another of his friends rebukes him very strong and firm with some strong truth about God. Check this out…
7 ‘Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
8 They are higher than the heavens above – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below – what can you know?
9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
13 ‘Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,
14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.
16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. (Job 11:7-9; 13-18 NIV)
I don’t claim to understand all that God does or all that He is. I have given my life to follow Him. I believe He is Who He says He is in His Word. I trust Him. I don’t always understand why He doesn’t stop some bad things from happening. I don’t understand why babies get sick and die when I know God could change the outcome. I don’t always understand why bad things happen to good people – but I still trust in Him. As I sort through my emotions and my perspective – I realize that it’s difficult to defend this broken and decadent world that I live in. God is not bound by physics or science. He is the Creator of both. His ways are higher than I can wrap my head around, so I will continue to trust Him even when I don’t understand Him.