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Sometimes we don't know why someone who is half-backslidden seems to be walking in the blessings; while a devout, godly Christian dies of a sickness before their time.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever....
(Deut. 29:29, NIV)
Things happen. We don't always understand why. Sometimes we don't know why someone who is half-backslidden seems to be walking in the blessings; while a devout, godly Christian dies of a sickness before their time. We don't always understand why one person's prayers seemed to go unanswered; while the person who didn't even pray—received a miracle. We don't understand why a sweet young person dies and a mean-spirited old geezer lives to be 104. Why do things happen? Why don't things happen?

All of us have experienced challenging things that we don't fully understand. At times, when our hopes or expectations have been dashed, we can become angry, bitter or resentful toward the Lord. We can be overcome with grief and sorrow. We can feel like our faith has been kicked in the teeth. We can replace God's Word with our experience and find ourselves discouraged and running 180 degrees away from God.

What are we to think, believe or do when we don't understand the "why's" of life? Start with the basics...God is good all the time. He is always for you. He never has a "mean day" and He's not a "schizo-God" who blesses one day and curses the next day. He is love, so with that what?

Understand there are two categories: Secret things. Revealed things. The things God wants to reveal to us; He does. The things He needs to keep a secret; He doesn't reveal.

If God keeps a secret from us, it's for our benefit and the benefit of others. After all, God's not a gossip! For example, God doesn't go around blaming, tattling or disclosing our sins, weaknesses, unbelief, carnality, selfishness or pride issues to others. When things happen, God knows why. Thankfully, He often He keeps it a secret. Secret things belong to the Lord.

If God reveals something to us, it's because He's expecting us to walk in that truth by faith. For example, He's revealed His character and His will in His Word. This means we can live by faith knowing that He is good, fair, kind, generous, merciful, faithful, gracious, patient and in the saving, healing, redeeming, restoring, sanctifying and blessing business. Things revealed belong to us.

When we don't understand "why" something happened or didn't happen; here's what we do "know." We know God's Word is truer than circumstances or experiences. We know that if God could have; He would have. We know that if He did not; it must be that He could not. When we don't understand, we know He does. We know that just because God knows everything about us; doesn't mean He tells us about everything. We know that when it looks bad; God is still good. He's a giver, not a taker. He's a "blesser" not a "curser." No matter what comes, goes, happens or doesn't the end of the day—we still win!

Say This:

Father, I trust You. There are some things that I don't totally understand, but I do trust You. I give you all my questions today. If You choose to keep something a secret, I respect that. Today, I will move forward in faith, in what I do know...about You, Your character, Your Word and Your will. I will walk in what You have revealed to me. In the end...I win.

Jesus is Lord. Your Word is still true and we will have all of eternity to discuss all the "why's and how's." I trust You Lord, with all my heart. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Beth Jones Ministries
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Author Biography

Beth Jones
Web site: Valley Family Church
Pastors Jeff and Beth Jones serve as the Founding & Senior Pastors of Valley Family Church. Pastor Beth is a gifted leader, teacher and writer and is passionate about helping people "get the basics" of their christian faith. She's an anointed communicator, hilarious and full of joy as she shares the gospel in a real and relatable way.

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