People often need to be able to explain a tragedy
“For He “has put everything under His feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under Him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:27)
Tragic things can happen to anyone. How we respond is usually what sets us apart from each other.
I’ve found it very interesting that people often need to be able to explain a tragedy to give them clarity or closure.
For instance: “That person can’t conceive because they’re too stressed, they just need to take a holiday.” “That person got cancer because they didn’t have enough faith.” “That person committed suicide because they had too high expectations of themselves.” “That disaster happened because God is taking his favor away.”
None of these statements are true, and yet I hear them quite often. And I think if the people who said them thought for a moment, they would realize how ridiculous their words were too.
The more I hear crazy statements like this, the more I realize people need to feel they have everything in hand. If they can’t fully explain a particular situation, they feel uneasy and unsafe.
After 30+ years in the ministry, I’ve come to realize that not everything can be explained. I also believe we can’t explain everything about God either. And that’s how He intended it.
If we could explain everything then we wouldn’t need God to be God.
And while we love God being all-knowing and all-powerful, there are times when we would like to have everything in our own hands and be able to explain it all away. That puts the power in our hands and makes us all-knowing.
It can be challenging to not always have the answer, but we do have faith in the One who does have everything in hand. Let’s cling to the knowledge that He will direct our paths and use His wisdom to discern the rest.
There are times we tend to want to lead and take over, but may we always allow God to have control of our lives.
So, what do you need to hand over to God?