I’m currently listening to Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns. It is playing on the Christian radio station that I listen to each day. My son works there, as an intern. Each morning he gets up while it is still dark, and treks off to the radio station for a couple of hours before he goes to school. It is neat hearing him on the radio, but even more so, the music and the message presented always helps me start the day with my mind and heart on Jesus.
This particular song always reminds me that God’s ways are not my ways. His thoughts are not mine. When things happen in life that leave me scared, confused, or hurting, I can choose to turn my back on Him or I can run to Him. The choice is always mine. Will I praise Him, regardless of the storms of life?
If I believe that God loves me, always has my best interest at heart, and will never leave me or forsake me….then shouldn’t I dare to trust Him? Even when I can’t see through the downpour? When the thunder is pounding in my ears and the lightening blinds my view, will I reach out to Him even though I can’t see Him?
God doesn’t owe me an explanation for why things happen as they do. Who am I to sit in judgement of The Almighty? Why do I presume I know how my life is supposed to be, and He just needs to move aside? Oh, I’ve questioned God before. I’ve yelled at Him. In my pain and confusion I’ve lashed out at The One who chose to stay with me. The One who died in my place. The One who knew I needed Him, even before I knew who He was. Honestly, I don’t know why God allows some of the things He does. There are many things that happen in this life that I (nor you) will ever have the answer to on this side of Heaven. Even if God gave me the actual answers would I truly understand? Could I comprehend the hand of the great I AM? And would the answer really make the pain any less? I have learned that I don’t have to have all the answers. I don’t need the answers, I just need HIM.
Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Psalms 37:28, For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. “They will be protected forever…”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”