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Trust Even When You Don’t Understand

Today you may be facing a situation that you just do not understand. You find yourself wondering, “What in the world is going on?” Maybe you are even asking, “God, why is this happening?” and “God, when will it end?” It is easy to trust God when He answers our prayers right away but often not so easy when He seems to be delaying in answering. We are told in scripture to “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.” (Ps 37:7a)

The Bible makes it clear that we are to trust God, even when we do not understand or circumstances, or for that matter, like our circumstances. Picture yourself standing in complete darkness in the middle of the night trusting that at dawn the sun will come up and the sky will soon shine brightly. In Proverbs 4:18 we read that very thing, “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”

We share with you the following poem, taken from “Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings,” compiled by L.B. Cowman and edited by James Reimann.

When the frosts are in the valley,

And the mountaintops are gray,

And the choicest blooms are blighted,

And the blossoms die away,

A loving Father whispers,

“This all comes from my hand”;

Blessed are you if you trust when you cannot understand.


If, after years of toiling,

Your wealth should fly away

And leave your hands all empty,

And your hair is turning gray,

Remember then your Father

Owns all the sea and land;

Blessed are you if you trust when you cannot understand.


(October 23)

We will end with this, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Prv 3:5-6).”

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina


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