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By Reverend Dawn Gikandi

No ‘buts’: Who’s demanding what from Whom?

Most of us have ever questioned, or are still questioning, “If the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Gideon asked this in Judges 6:12-17. Moses seemed to have ran into his own conclusion about God, in Exodus 5:22-23. Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have You done evil to this people? Why did You ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.”

Yet God worked things out in His own way. Like in Psalm 77:19-20.
Your way was through the sea,
Your path through the great waters;
yet Your footprints were unseen.
You led Your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Most of us use our limited ‘knowledge’ to question God. ‘Reasoning’ that we deserve ‘better’. “I will trust God, but He will have to…” Stop right there! Who’s demanding what from Whom? Let’s not attempt to use conditions, or ‘buts’ (arguments) with God. “I will trust God.” Full stop.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (in Daniel 3:16-18) answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

After what he ‘unfairly suffered’, Joseph, in Genesis 50:19-21, had an amazing outlook: But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear…”

Would God let ‘bad’ things happen to ‘good’ people? He would. Because He remains God, regardless of our perceptions! Our thinking, that someone or something is good or bad, painful or joyful, does not bind God to act as we deem right; nor does it limit His capabilities. He can use any and all situations for His purpose! Read: 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10; Job 2:7-10; 39:26-27; 40:1-8; Exodus 4:11-12; Romans 8:18-28; 2nd Peter 3:8-9; Isaiah 10:15; 29:16; 43:16-19; 45:9-12; 55:8-9; 64:8; Jeremiah 18:1-6; Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 2:13-15; 4:4-8.

No one can fully understand, comprehend, or fathom God. We can only know what He lets us! Nothing limits or controls Him; much less our preferences or opinions. God remains God. He owes no one an explanation or apology. We must humbly and unreservedly render to God our complete allegiance. We need to learn to trust Him–even when, and even more so then–when we do not understand!