All too frequently, life doesn’t seem to make sense. Whether it’s because we don’t fully understand the gravity of sin in the world, the sin and brokenness within our own lives, or why God allows the “wicked to prosper and the righteous to suffer,” we have all likely encountered doubts in our lives and wondered why God allows things to be the way they are.
To understand the origins of our doubt, we must understand the origin of our world. God had created a perfect world and had created man and woman to have dominion over and care for His spectacular creation. And He gave Adam just one command, which was not to eat from one particular tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He could eat from every other tree in the garden.
Then God created a woman, who was designed to be the perfect helpmate for Adam. Together they were deceived and fell prey to Satan’s temptation: Eve was first to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, and Adam fell short of fulfilling his duty as leader, following Eve’s lead and eating the fruit. He also failed in his leadership role by not instructing her to remember and obey God‘s specific command not to eat the fruit of that tree:
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:6-8 ESV).
Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, they were ashamed and hid from the Lord. They were not only ashamed, but also unsure of how God would react since there had never been disobedient to His Word before. Their disobedience to God’s specific command revealed that they doubted whether they could trust God’s goodness and His love for them.
To the Finite Mind, Many Things Don’t Make Sense
We see this firsthand in Genesis. Why were they allowed to eat from all but one tree in the garden? Why would God command that? What was it about that one tree that made it different? Was He withholding something good from them?
And as the story goes, we know that Adam and Eve did not trust God when things didn’t make sense to them. Instead of going to God with their doubts and questions, they tried to figure things out on their own, which made them susceptible to the lies of Satan who always wants to stir up doubts about God’s goodness and His trustworthiness. Not going to God with their questions or obeying His Word — whether or not they agreed with His command or understood it — was a big mistake; A mistake that resulted in the downfall of humanity.
Just like Adam and Eve, we experience many things in life that simply don’t make sense to our way of thinking. Unfortunately, we too often don’t go to God in prayer with our questions, or study His Word where His will and character are revealed that would assure us of His love, even when circumstances cause us to doubt it. When we encounter situations that don’t make sense to us, we need to rest assured that God has not allowed them to give us angst! God’s plan for us includes allowing us to face situations we can’t figure out so that we will draw closer to Him, the Source of all wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). We grow to know Him through prayer; reading, studying, and meditating upon His Word; and fellowship with other believers. When we know Him, we may not understand all things, but we will know that we can trust the One Who does!
Trusting God When Things Don’t Make Sense
Now that isn’t to say that it’s easy to always put our trust in God, especially when we experience a tough situation we never saw on our radar. For instance, you might be doubting why you have battled or are battling strenuous life circumstances — such as growing up in an abusive household, being left by your husband, suffering a chronic illness, job loss and financial challenges, infertility, or birthing a stillborn baby.
While these trials don’t make sense now, and maybe never will this side of eternity, God wants you to know that He understands what you are going through, and He is there with you in the midst of your struggle. He wants you to know that He has you in the palm of His hand, and that you can trust Jesus Who sacrificed His very life for you to work all things together for your good in His perfect timing (Isaiah 49:16; Psalm 31:15; Romans 8:28).
Trusting God when things don’t make sense to us pleases and glorifies our Lord. He has assured us there will be a time when we will see and understand all things clearly, which is when we see Him face-to-face in Heaven (1 Corinthians 13:12). Until then, He asks us to trust Him with what we can’t understand, and to trust Him Who knows all things and is Perfect Love!
Dwelling on His Word with Prayer Cards to Grow Your Trust in God
It takes time and knowing God’s Word where He reveals Himself to us to know His always trustworthy character. And that is why we have created our scripture and prayer cards so that you can read and dwell on the Word of God and learn to know Him better. The deck of 52 cards focuses on scriptures about faith and fear. What better concepts to dwell on when you are struggling with doubt?
Each card has a Scripture verse on one side and a correlating prayer on the other. In times of doubt, having a Scripture verse at hand will act as instant encouragement against fear and doubt. You can carry a card around in your pocket, use it as a memory verse card, or send a card to a friend you know is struggling with doubt, worry, fear, or anxiety.
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