God’s ways are mysterious, but they’re good. When you look at world events with so much evil around us, it’s easy to feel fearful and discouraged. We can’t comprehend why God allows such cruelty and suffering. The problem is that God is infinite and we aren’t. Many things are simply beyond our understanding. However, when we reach the limits of our understanding, trusting God will carry us onward.
We too often demand to know “why”? That’s the wrong question to ask God. We should ask: “What should I do in this situation?” or, “What do You want me to do right now?” We can’t change the past, so we should start with the present and seek God to find our way forward. Proverbs 3:5 says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Our own understanding is limited and too often, in error. Therefore, we must be enlightened by God’s Word and led by the Holy Spirit. Rather than rely upon our own judgment, we should pray for God’s wisdom and will in all our decisions in this life. Every day we need to live in a close, trusting relationship with God, always looking to Him for direction. When we do this, He promises to direct our paths.
Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 8:17: I observed all the work of God—that no one can grasp what happens under the sun. Those who strive to know can’t grasp it. Even the wise who are set on knowing are unable to grasp it (CEB). Solomon knew that no matter how wise we are; we can’t explain all the works of God by our own wisdom. Like Job, we don’t have to know all the reasons; we simply need to trust in the Lord and believe that He does all things well and we’re in His hands.