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When We Have No Answer

By Don Loftis | 11.21.09

As Jesus washed His disciples’ feet in the upper room, He commented, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter” (John 13:7). There are many times in our lives where the pieces just don’t seem to fit together. Like children who lack maturity and experience, we don’t comprehend the events that surround us.

William Cowper, great hymn writer of the 18th Century, suffered from serious bouts of depression. By the age of six he had experienced the death of three older siblings and witnessed the death of his mother, as she gave birth to her fifth child. As a young adult, three times William unsuccesfully attempted suicide.

Years later these events would help shape the lyrics of one of his most famous songs:

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm.
Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.

We all have events in our lives that make little or no sense. However, our ignorance regarding such does not overide God’s knowledge. We must confidently echo Paul’s affirmation of Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all ings to work tgether for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”


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