“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Why God? There are times in our lives when things happen for which there is no explanation. We question God, why does he allow these things to happen? Pandemics, natural disasters, injustice, oppression, and acts of terrorism -- the list goes on. Some of these events are man’s evils acts against man, but others happen seemingly without reason. Job blasts God with similar questions -- why did you allow all this to happen to me? God’s answer in chapters 38-39 does not directly answer Job’s questions, but it does place perspective on our limited comprehension of the how and why of God. There is no way our human minds can understand God’s workings, nor are we meant too. Isaiah 55:8-6 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
While we cannot in our currently earthly form begin to understand, we have a joy that transcends our knowledge; we do not need to know the details; we merely need to accept his peace. Like Job, Isaiah, Paul, and the church in Philippi, we all face difficult times, which is just part of our earthly life, but in Jesus Christ, we can find tranquility to help us through our difficult times.
Most merciful God, we give you thanks for your peace. We cannot comprehend why you love us so much but are grateful. Please help us spend less time trying to understand the how and why of you instead of simply accepting your pure love. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.