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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: Why, God? A description of praying through confusion.
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I sit alone, in my room, as I process the terrible news that I have just heard.
I bow my head, close my eyes, and begin to pray.
I admit to God that I’m feeling confused.
“Help me, Lord.” I cry out, as I try to understand.
Life is unfair. Good people suffer, and babies die while people who have no time for God never seem to have to answer to anyone for how they live.
Alone with my thoughts, I remember what the Bible has to say about times when life does not make sense.
For the Philosopher in the Book of Ecclesiastes, life was full of contradictions.
“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labour that he can carry in his hand.” Ecclesiastes 5:15
Yet, the Philosopher concluded;
“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
Job asked God questions about the terrible suffering that he went through. God answered him with a majestic description of His love and power.
“Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food? “ Job 38:41
“Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?” Job 40:8
I’ve often prayed, “I don’t understand, Lord, but I’m going to trust You.”
Like Job, I’ve come to understand that many of life’s questions are not always resolved.
This is one of the lessons of faith.
Yet, I’ve learned too, that we can be assured that God wants to help us through these times, anyway. I remember not to limit God. I remember that He’s never too busy to listen to what we have to tell Him.
I pray, “Thank You Lord that You’re going to carry me through this time.”
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