When God’s Ways Make No Sense

I’ve gotten good at believing that I’m never going to have all the answers. In the last 5 years, our family has experienced quite a few trials that have left us scratching our heads and asking God, “why?” We would certainly love to have all the answers. But we also know that’s not a realistic expectation because God does not have to answer to us. His ways are not our own. 

When God’s Ways Make No Sense

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So, what do we do when God’s ways make no sense? In his newest book, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Dr. Larry Crabb seeks to help us understand how to approach God with our questions. Dr. Crabb uses scripture to help illustrate the ways that we respond to life when it turns topsy-turvy.

Once you find yourself responding to the unexpected in the pages of scripture, Dr. Crabb then points to scripture to teach us how to better respond to trials. I appreciated the way he was willing to acknowledge the way most Christian circles tend to respond to trials. And then he pointed to the ways that our cliche responses are inaccurate and actually unhelpful for those in the middle of struggle. 

Dr. Crabb points to the need to tremble before God in the face of trials. In ways that have stretched my thinking, he reminds us that God is not required to respond to us in ways that we expect or even want. He reminds us that the gospel is the goodness that we must hold on to. That even when we don’t have the answers, God is still good.

God’s in His heaven…

It makes me think of the quote from Anne of Green Gables, “God is in His heaven, all’s right with the world.” That truth is more significant than I ever realized. This book has stretched me in so many ways and I’m so grateful. While I have by no means perfected the way to respond to God in trials, I know that in the upcoming months as new challenges present themselves, I’ll have more tools under my belt. I’ll be able to tremble in front of God and trust him when I have none of the answers I believe I’m entitled to. 

And perhaps, that’s the point of it all. Things happen that we don’t want or expect because we’ve put ourselves in the place of believing that we are in control and are deserving of all the answers. And yet, we’re not. We exist to bring glory to God. It’s not the other way around. 

And while I would like to have all of the answers to all of my questions, I find there’s something sweet about trusting God with the unknown of life. There’s a weight that gets lifted off of my shoulders when I can lay down the need to have all of the answers. 

If you’ve struggled with not understanding God’s ways, you’re not alone. In fact, I would venture to say that most of us can say that there’s something in our lives that we don’t understand. But when we hold tight to those questions, we get stuck. We can’t move forward and embrace the story God has given us when we hold fast to our unanswered questions. But when we release the need for answers, we move forward into the path God has lit before us. 

Amy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.

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