What to do When You Don't Know Why

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.  ~James 1:2-4

Under pressure, our faith life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. I like that. When tests and challenges come our way, it shows us what we really believe in our hearts. It’s easy to say you trust God when everything is going well, but how do you react when things aren’t going so great? When something terrible has happened? When, like the verse says, it seems like tests and challenges are coming at you from all sides?

Often when our faith is tested, we ask the question: why? Why haven’t I found a significant other yet? Why am I going through this? Why didn’t I get the promotion? Why didn’t they get healed? Why does everyone else seem to be getting a break, but nothing seems to go right for me? Why? Why? Why?

The only option when it comes to knowing what to do when you don’t know why is to trust God. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

God causes everything to work together for GOOD.

When my mom died, God took the lowest point in my life, and turned it into something great. God took my years of drug abuse and uses them to encourage students that it’s a worthless pursuit. Looking back, every “Why?” I had, God turned into something great.

Louie Giglio  said, “God does everything good in the end. If it’s not good… it’s not the end.”

In the moment of testing, we can’t always see why. That’s where faith comes in. In the midst of your “Why’s?”, recognize that God is in the middle of doing something great in your life. Trust Him. He will never let you down.


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