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March 23, 2009

No Explanation Needed

“Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning.” (Mark 13:35)

Have you ever stopped to think how many times God does not explain why some things happen? Sure, there are moments when He provides insight, and we suddenly understand a portion of what He is doing. But for the most part, He calls us to walk by faith. We find ourselves praying more because we are driven to Him in desperation. We need to know that He is aware of our circumstances and while nothing makes sense from our perspective, it does from His.

Amy Carmichael wrote, “Our Lord Jesus who could have explained everything, explained nothing. He said there would be tribulation, but He never said why. Sometimes He spoke of suffering being to the glory of God, but He never said how. All through the Scriptures, it is the same. I cannot recall a single explanation of trial. Can you? We are trusted with the “unexplained.”

The way you face the trials and tribulations of life reveals the level of your faith. Do you cry out when you feel wronged? Or do you go to Him and fall on your face in prayer seeking His encouragement and direction? Remember whatever “drives” you to God, is good for you. In other words, if the sorrows and disappointments of this life motivate you to move closer to the Lord, what could possibly be wrong with that? He knows how much you can handle, and He will never give you more than you can bear. But you must turn to Him, and allow Him to show you how to deal with each problem that comes your way.

Some of the sweetest times of fellowship at Toccoa Falls College have been born and nurtured in hours spent in prayer. Dr. Forrest often said that he could do nothing apart from prayer, and when you read his letters and correspondence to pastors, friends, and family, you quickly realize that this was the sustaining force of his life and the life of the college he loved so much.

Are you praying for the work, the students, and the graduates of Toccoa Falls College? Many are serving Christ in very difficult places around the world. Today, stop and ask the Lord to protect and keep what He established so many years ago as a Tree of His Planting.

Written for the online devotional A Present Peace © 2009