Do you ever wonder why God sometimes lets a bad situation not only get worse but get impossible? If this thought has ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. When life gets hard, many things will not make sense. In these circumstances, it can be difficult to trust in the outcome God is setting up for you. In the midst of this, we sometimes forget that God is right there, listening to us and addressing our needs. We may even have trouble hearing His voice. Our circumstances can cause us to drift away from God and not trust that His plan is right for us. But God knows and understands the hopes and fears we keep in our hearts. In fact, He’s the best listener. Even when we don’t shout or cry out loud, He hears even our silent prayers. It’s important that we trust Him, especially during our darkest hours. It’s important that you remember these things when you’re feeling lost and alone for He knows exactly where you are and has a good plan for your life. Here are seven things to do when God doesn’t make sense.
Keep Your Focus on God
As with every disappointment, we have a decision to make when trouble or disaster strikes in our lives. How will we respond? The first part of responding when God doesn’t make sense is to keep your focus on Him. At some point in our lives, we will all spin out of control. We won’t know how and we won’t know why. How we attempt to steer our out-of-control lives, however, is up to us. We can choose to focus on exactly why God has allowed this situation and how it came about, or we focus on trusting God for the next step.
Remember His infinite Love For You
In addition to keeping your focus on God when things don’t make sense, it is important to remember His infinite love for us. The presence of pain and disappointment in our lives doesn’t meant that He doesn’t love us. It actually means that He loves us all the more. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” He loves us more than we could ever comprehend, and because He loves us, He know the people and the things that are precious to us.
Believe in the Miraculous
While something may not make sense now, remember that our God is a God of miracles – God can still make the miraculous happen in your life. This can be tough to grasp when you can see what the future will look like, but God can make anything possible. When you are in a very hard situation, God wants you to remember that miracles happen. These miracles show up in every dream that you have that comes true, in every enlightening moment you have, in every person who has moved or transformed your life, and in every person you love – in these very moments, God’s making miracles happen. These miracles aren’t always going to be big. Sometimes, they are small. He is bringing you small miracles so that you can believe in the bigger ones. Look around you. When you look for the small miracles, you will see that they are everywhere.
Remember Our Times of Trial Lead to Strength
God will carry you through the storm. The Bible tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). Every difficult situation you face, whether big or small, is preparing you to be stronger. God will use your trials to produce greater faith and strength if you allow Him to. Your pain has purpose, even when you don’t understand why in this moment.
Believe God Has a Perfect Plan for Your Life
When God doesn’t make sense, remember that God has a plan for your life that you may not know or understand, but it is a perfect plan. This plan is according to His Will for your life. The Bible tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a perfect plan for you. Sometimes it seems like His plans are always different from our plans, but His plans are always perfect. He never does it all at once, just step by step because He wants to teach us to walk by faith, not by sight. It’s important that we are patient and trust in His timing.
Remember He Will Never Leave You
God is always present in your life, even in your lonely and broken hours. Just because it doesn’t make sense, that doesn’t mean that He has left you. He is by your side right now! It’s important that you remain faithful and not lose hope. The Bible tells us, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). You may feel like you’re alone, but God is right there. Scripture promises that the Lord will fight for us. We only need to be still. Trust that God is a constant presence in your life. He is constantly present in your life because He loves you deeply.
Know That He is Listening
Talking to God is like talking to a friend on the telephone. You may not see Him on the other end, but You know that He is listening. Every time you speak, God is listening to you, including your concerns and needs. Even when you doubt that God is listening, He always proves that He is. He doesn’t have a dial that he turns up and down when He feels like not tuning in. Sometimes, you need to turn the volume of the world down to hear God’s voice. When life gets hard, allow His voice to speak over your fears.
When you need, God knows, when you ask, God listens, and when you believe, God works. When God doesn’t make sense, remember that His plan for your life is bigger than the one you have planned for yourself. It’s so important that you hold on to this. Embrace it. God loves you so much. He would never do anything to harm you. When life gets hard, trust that God is on your side and that He has a plan bigger for you than you have for yourself. He will never leave or forsake you.