I need to remind myself of that sometimes. Okay—I need to remind myself of that all the time. Life hurts right now. There are days I want to shake my fist at God and scream about how angry I am. There are moments where I stop and think, “This isn’t how it was supposed to be! Losing my job wasn’t part of my plan!” There are days where I start to cry, wondering what direction I’m supposed to take. Days where I sit and plead with God to help me understand His plan.
God is still good, even when our lives don’t seem so great.
In his book Trusting God, Jerry Bridges wrote, “God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust what we do not understand.”*
It’s hard to understand why some things happen. It’s hard to figure out your next step and trust in God’s faithfulness when everything feels like it’s crashing down. But the words Bridges wrote are so true—His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. I don’t have to understand God’s ways—I just have to trust that He is still good and sovereign.
Whenever I am struggling with trusting in God’s sovereignty, I think back to God’s response to Job and his friends in chapters 38–41 in the Book of Job. Job was (understandably) confused and frustrated about everything happening in his life—but God answered him with a strong reminder of who He is. God questioned Job—He asked where he was when He laid the foundation of the earth, if he commanded the morning and the days, and if he controlled the rain and storms. God reminded Job that only He can do this. Only He has that power. God reminded Job of how big and sovereign He is. After God’s rebuke, Job responded with this:
I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
“Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?”
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
I may never understand why I lost my job. But it’s okay. God is good. I don’t have to understand the why. Like Job, I wasn’t there when God laid the foundations of the earth, I don’t command the morning and days, nor do I control the rain and storms. Only God does that. Only God is sovereign. He is over all things. He controls all things—and that includes the days of my life. I don’t have to understand everything about God’s plan—I just have to trust that God has a plan and that He is in control. My response should be like Job’s—I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.