People often need to be able to explain a tragedy
Reference: “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 NIV
Explore: 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.
“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 favour 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 realise how ridiculous their words were too.
The more I hear crazy statements like this the more I realise people need to feel they have everything in hand. If they can’t fully explain a particular situation then they feel uneasy and unsafe.
I am only in my thirties and I’ve come to realise that not everything can be explained. I also believe we can’t explain everything about God either. And that’s how He intended it.
Application: 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.
Prayer: Lord, may we always follow You. There are times we tend to want to lead and take over, but may we always allow You to have control of our lives. Amen.
What do you need to hand over to God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.