Jaden was the perfect candidate for leadership. He met the requirements, participated in all the meetings, and added real insight and help to the other members. Several of the leaders recommended him, and it looked like a lock. But when the final job interview came, he was denied. Why? God, why?
There are just some things we’re not going to be able to figure out or understand. God is all-knowing. But we are not, and we can’t figure it out with reasoning or logic. We’ve heard the common phrase, “there’s a reason for everything.” But the second half of that should be, “but we don’t get to know all the reasons.” God is always going to know more than we do. He sees the bigger picture beyond what we can see.
Job 9:10 says He “doeth great things past finding out.”
That’s where trust comes in. With faith and obedience, there’s always going to be some unanswered questions: “Why?” “How?” “When?” We trust and obey from our hearts, not our minds. Our minds are too small to handle all the data it takes to answer every question all at once.
We have problems at times waiting on God and trusting Him. But we’re not the only ones. Take a look at Gideon.
The Midianites were destroying the land. The Israelites were hiding in caves, and they were in poverty. Gideon was threshing some wheat to conceal it from the Midianites, when an angel came to him and said: “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12). At the time, Gideon was only a young man, definitely not a man of valour. But God saw him as different from how he saw himself.
Then Gideon questioned: “Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites” (v.13).
But the angel didn’t bother to explain why it was happening. He just told Gideon what to do next, and said: “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” (v.14)
“And he [Gideon] said unto him, ‘Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’ And the Lord said unto him, ‘Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man’” (vv.15-16).
Detail by detail, God guided Gideon. The fascinating battle strategies, the beliefs, the errors, the loves and losses, and more, are all recorded in Judges 6-8. It’s amazing to read it all. Gideon trusted and obeyed, and he saved Israel. “Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon” (Judges 8:28).
We have to get used to doing spiritual things without always having to know why. The spirit of God urges us, and our job is to obey. We read the Bible or let someone else teach us from the Bible as to what God does, and what He’s really like.
Daniel 4:35 says: “He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” God doesn’t have to tell us. But He does let us know He has a good plan for us, so just do the next thing and trust Him.
Jaden did the next thing God opened for him. He later found out that the company he had applied for was corrupt. Because of his integrity, he wouldn’t have lasted there even if he’d gotten the job.
So many things are like that; we don’t find out until later why our prayers weren’t answered in the way we had expected or in the time frame we were wanting. However, we see in the Bible, that everyone who trusted God and just obeyed, got great results, whether or not they understood the why and wherefore.
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In this sample booklet I’ve chosen 6 chapters specifically about miracles. In our world today we sometimes get so involved in medicines and technology that we forget about the bigness of God in providing the miraculous. These stories remind us to think BIGGER.
JESUS GETS TO THE ROOTS
CALLING THE DOG
GOD’S SPIRIT TOUCHES OUR SPIRIT
PUPPY HEALED DOG
MIRACLE OF BETTER EYESIGHT
ANGELS AND MOTHERS