When things go wrong and we don’t understand why, especially after we’ve tried everything in our power to fix it, and prayed every prayer we know to pray, and yet the situation remains unchanging or grows worse, we often come to God baffled, and sometimes even, indignant, with questions about why He’s letting things unfold the way that they are without intervening. It’s not wrong to ask why (as long as you do it from a posture of humility and not entitlement), as God Himself invited us to do so, saying, “Call to Me, and I will answer you and, show you great and mighty things that you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). Don’t be surprised if God will show you baffling things that you never knew were intertwined with the events that have happened to you.
You may ask God why your third marriage has failed and why He did nothing to change the heart of your spouse despite your endless prayers, and God may show you a cycle of bad behavior that started with your great grandfather/mother and has now been passed on to you and you never noticed in yourself until now. This great discovery as you realize, is the reason you’ve had a legacy of dysfunctional family all along.
You may ask God why poverty has been a mark on your family line for generations, and why you’ve supposedly tried all things, yet, this curse remains unbroken despite your serving God, and He may show you complacencies—traditions passed on—that you and your family figured were nothing serious, but are directly related to why you and your family have suffered this for generations.
And so it goes.
Many folks don’t like what they see, and most fall into the slimy pit of excuses, self-pity and blame, and remain there, rather than turn to God for the salvation and wisdom that will lift them out of their trouble. Often, God lets you get to a place of seeking so that the hidden things He reveals will lead you to be the one to break the evil cycles in your family, town or country.
The Prophet Habakkuk experienced something similar. In alarm, he asked God why He continued to allow evil to prevail in Israel despite Habakkuk’s many prayers (Habakkuk 1:1-4), and God told him that He was doing something so unbelievable that if told, Habakkuk would not believe it (Habakkuk 1:5). God was raising the most ruthless nation from a far place to discipline Israel (Habakkuk 1:6-11). Further alarmed that God would venture to use such a heathen nation against God’s chosen, he posed a second question (v. 1:12-17), concluding with the remarks, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He [God] will say to me, and I will answer when I am corrected” (v. 2:1). After God’s second reply and revelation (v. 2:2-20), Habakkuk was awestruck by God’s majesty, righteousness, and wisdom, and concluded with a lengthy praise and worship of who God is (v. 3:1-16), and then renewed his faith with these famous words,
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my Strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on high hills” — Habakkuk 3:17-19.
Have you called on God in the day of your trouble? Has He shown up with a revelation that is less than pleasing, as the solution to your problem? Have you placed your heart in a posture that allows you to be corrected by God’s wisdom? Have you chosen thanksgiving and praise for who He is based on what He’s shown you, or will you continue with prideful indignance and bitterness that will darken your heart? God will not often give a quick fix to your problem. Where there needs to be repenting and a change in character, God would rather take you through that painful dark valley with the promise to never leave you nor forsake you. But He won’t do what you want, how you want it, and when you want it, because, He is a righteous Savior God. Not a genie or a magician who are there for the sole purpose of fulfilling your wishes, good or bad.
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/SuspenseCategory. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, presently in production. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.
*The article, Conversations with God (Part 3): Unpleasant Revelations, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).