How many times has one of God's children cried out, "I don't understand, Father!" only to be greeted in silence? The deafening, I-know-You-hear-me-but-I-still-don't-have-an-answer silence. And the cry gets repeated. "I don't understand! Why is this or that happening, what am I supposed to do about the other thing? How am I supposed to approach that situation or circumstance?" Still... silence. The child of God gets up off their knees with prayer and questions ever on the mind and heart and then the Bible is spied out of the corner of their eye.
That precious Book of old gets opened and suddenly, the silence is broken. First, there comes an admonition to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths."
The child pauses. "I do trust You, Lord. I don't understand this, but I do trust You. In my heart of hearts I know You have this situation in Your hands and in Your control."
The Book is studied further and the child comes upon a beautiful promise that "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
"But still, Lord!" the child protests, "Why is this happening? And where is Your guiding?"
"Remember," the Lord answers back, "my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways."
Page after page is read, prayed through, and breathed in. God's absolute holiness, righteousness, sovereignty, grace, mercy, love, compassion, omniscience and goodness is reaffirmed in the mind and heart of His child. Though the trial still continues and the questions abound, there is assurance in the heart and mind of this one which loves The Master. There has been a renewed understanding that God's guiding hand is ever active in bringing about His glory and the good of His children, that God can be trusted fully and that questions become opportunities to trust Him further.
The silence has been broken and the child sings out: "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name!"