Advent Day 14: Unsearchable Questions

Advent Day 14 Reading: Matthew 17:9-13

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:10 As we all sadly know, John the Baptist was unjustly and grossly persecuted for righteousness sake when He was beheaded. We might be asking ourselves, Why did the Lord allow such a travesty to happen to the Lord’s forerunner who so faithfully and loyally prepared the way of the Lord?  In my economy I would consider the answer to that question unsearchable, because there is no explainable answer.

I know we have all either known someone or personally experienced heartache from such things we would also consider unfair and disconcerting, devastating or unexplainable, and when asking God why-why He didn’t intervene- the heaven’s are silent. When this occurs, what do we do  next?  Do we get frustrated, disinhearted, disillusioned; trying to make sense out of the confusion, or do we release our confusion to the Lord and allow it to rest unanswered in His arms? 

There will always be something that God allows in our lives that we just won’t understand.  In those cases I believe the best solution is to first take time to grieve the pain and loss, venting our frustration, anger and confusion to God, but then let go and relinquish by choosing to walk in the humility of admitting to ourselves and others that although we  have not explainable answer, we are choosing to trust God anyway.

God is God, and thank God He does know everything, but with that said, while in our human abode, we do not know everything. Things will occur in our lives that we just don’t understand the reasons for. Possibly one day we will, but in the meantime, according to the Word, knowing we will be blessed in the midst of  persecution is our solace.

Trusting in God at those times takes courage and strength. Remembering we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us can also help. Our security cannot rest in the understanding of all circumstance, but must rest solely in Him. He alone is where everlasting, eternal security is truly found.

During those times it’s also helpful to remember that God does not give us a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.  Because we’ve each been given the mind of Christ, we can weather those fierce, persecuting storms of life that threaten to capsize us. Jesus was our example. He always trusted the Father in every bleak circumstance. 

1 Corinthians 13:12a says, Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. When persecution strikes; still yourself in its haze, remembering God is ultimately in control. Turn the eyes of your heart upon Father and lay on His bosom for comfort and healing. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

The unsearchable questions from beginning of time,

the how and the why of what looks like a crime.

Can a God who is love filled with mercy and grace,

allow such a travesty my heart and mind race?

To ask these concerns when a tragedy strikes,

as a pinball machine crashing confusion ignites.

Do we trust in the rules we follow so faithfully,

or the God who rules all who will never forsake thee?

Sovereignly, wisely in His infinite knowing,

He CAN be trusted when not reaping what sowing.

In God’s loving arms those “unsearchables” lay,

the how could, the why this will be answered one day.

 -Unsearchable Questions

 -The Quilted Poetess



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