O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33 KJV)
Why? We often ask when our circumstances become difficult, yet surely God doesn’t owe us an explanation. How many times have our earthly fathers thrown up their hands in frustration and said “Because I said so,” in response to us pestering them. The answers they could give us would be beyond the realm of our understanding, as I feel is true of the answers we seek from God.
We may not feel so as children but ultimately many of us feel our fathers are acting in our best interests. Why then is it such a stretch for us to feel the God of the Universe is too? How many times have we heard our parents say, “You’ll understand when you grow up, but for now you are under my roof and you will do as I say.” It could easily be argued that we are “under God’s roof” and as so we are obliged to obey him and show him the same deference we show our fathers. God’s discipline is fair because it is tempered with love and understanding---it is never in short supply.
While like our earthly sojourn with our families, our spiritual lives are pock marked with difficult patches, there is one major difference. At the end of our lives our issues with our parents often remain unresolved, yet God promises us a final resolution when we come into his Kingdom. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:4) . We cannot always depend on having our parents or other loved ones around to soothe us, but we can depend on our eternal God.
Dear Heavenly Father, Please guide us to fully embrace your role as Father and our roles as sons and daughters in order to deepen our earthly relationship with you. Amen