“I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:1).

Mart De Haan wrote, Our Daily Bread, 3-14-11:

A friend quit two jobs to become a full-time caregiver when his adult son was seriously hurt in a car accident. That same year his wife of over 30 years contracted a terminal illness and died.

Since then, he says he has no answers when his son asks “why” this happened to them. But he told me of a reassuring dream he had along the way. He dreamed that he was in a place that was awash with sunlight. There were crowds of people around him, and a man was answering all of his “why” questions. Each answer made so much sense that he clearly understood why he was not to know the answers now. Then he was with his son in the dream. But when he tried to help him with his questions, he couldn’t remember the answers. But even that seemed okay, And then he woke up.

My friend’s experience reminds me of another friend of God who suffered with unanswered questions (Job 7:20-21). Only when God finally broke His silence and gave Job a vision of Himself in the wonder of creation did Job find something that was better than answers (42:1-6). Only then did Job find peace in knowing that our God has good and even wonderful reasons to trust Him.

What is better than having the answers to our why questions is trusting our loving God who has His reasons. And that is enough. As we allow God to be who He is—God—our why questions will cease to dominate our thoughts. We will enjoy a new freedom. When we put our troubles in God’s hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.

Our hardships and trials build character and teach us His ways. May we be open to all He wants to do in our lives.

Don’t we long for a problem-free eternity NOW? Yes, but let us thank God that He is equipping us for a future with Him as He polishes His jewels with rough files. We can begin each day expecting Him to work His perfect will in us, making us ready for eternity with Him.

I thank God for the mountains,

and I thank Him for the valleys,

I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.

For if I’d never had a problem,

I wouldn’t know God could solve them,

I’d never know what faith in God could do.

Through it all, through it all,

I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,

I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all, through it all,

I’ve learned to depend upon His Word. —Andrae Crouch