Have you ever found yourself shaking your fist at God?
You’re not shaking in disbelief, or even anger, but out of frustration. You feel that God is ignoring you, lost interest in you, doesn’t like you, or simply is leaving you out. Although not true, this may be the way of the Christian life at times. We know the truth and live for it, but we see so much turmoil all around that we are often part of and we are hurt when God seems distant and uncaring.
Some people would say we have the right to question God. They live in disbelief already and drag you down as they try to convince that a loving God wouldn’t cause such chaos or confusion. A loving God would not cause death, war or abuse. The thing is, they are right. A loving God wouldn’t cause these thing. He doesn’t. We do.
Our rebellion at the heart of love in the garden caused us to fight against truth. Our sin caused separation, brothers to fight to the death, and idolatry right out of the gate. Add a few thousands years to the mix and wars of the heart have consumed us to the point where we want to blame our Creator when we should blame His creation for trying to stand at the same level as His omniscient self.
When we shake our fists in the air, questioning why and how and when, we don’t stand alone, but we do often point our fingers in the wrong direction.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 ESV
The fallen tempt us to question, try to blind us to the truth, and scare us into a false light of control over our own destinies. When these things don’t work to our advantage, the darkness consumes us to the point of making us think that God is the source of our hurt and we need to walk away.
We need to embrace grace, truth and the Lord’s faithfulness in confidence that He never foresakes His children. When He feels distant, arguing with Him doesn’t cause Him to listen more or act faster. Drawing near to Him in humility and with an open and expectant heart will cause us to understand the mercy that is near.We need to embrace grace, truth and the Lord's faithfulness in confidence that He never forsakes His children Click To Tweet
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
God’s Word is perfect in every way. He speaks volumes of truth and love over us constantly. We are the ones walking away and being distant. Even when we are in desperate times of prayer and need, we are tempted to be angry and fight against His timing, His plans, and His ways. God is sovereign. All of Him is perfect even if our own timing is not on track with His.
God sees us through. He gets us over our trials and brings us hope in it all. We may hurt or have desperate longings and we feel abandoned in them, but He hears us and He knows. He will never forget His loved ones.
Lower your fist. Stop shaking with a rebellious heart. Your questions may not be as important as you think in light of the Lord’s sovereign plan. But in the end, the answers that you receive bring much more than you could ever imagine.