Thought for the month – August 2016

When God Baffles You

I’m writing this with two weeks of camp already over and done with and the third about to start. Sadly there’s not going to be a Young Christians’ camp this year. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why some things happen and it baffles us. The plans were all made for the camp. Speakers were ready and leaders had taken holiday from work. The only people not there were campers. As Christians, and a committee, we know that God is not surprised by anything and He has a purpose for our lives. God knew there would be no final camp this year — and He has a purpose in that.

If you were to ask many Christians, I’m sure they would tell you of things that have happened in their lives that baffle them. Why would God allow it to happen? On the face of it, it doesn’t seem like the best — but God does have a purpose. As people we like things to be going well, but when they are we tend to forget that everything we have comes from God and we need to always rely on Him. Isaiah 55 v 8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We need to remember that God only wants the best for us and that best is a life following Him; learning more of Him.

Something else that baffles many people is the gift of the Lord Jesus as a sacrifice for their sin. Why would God the Father send God the Son to do that? A very well-known verse gives us the answer to that question. John 3 v 16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” There is a division between us and God; the division of sin, but John 3 v 16 tells us what’s at the heart of God’s dealings with us — LOVE. Just like parents who love their children and want the best for their children, God’s love means that He doesn’t give us what we want but what we need. Everyone needs to be reconciled to God through the Lord Jesus. For those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus as Saviour they need to live a life that is pleasing and honouring to God. Baffling circumstances can bring us to God for the first time or draw us closer to Him in our Christian life. If you have difficulties in your life, ask the Lord to help you. Keep trusting in Him no matter how hard. He loves you. Remember, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5 v 6-7