“I just do not see the point,” he said. He stood looking straight at his daughter, who was grievously ill in the pediatrics intensive-care unit.
He gestured toward the heavy, double-doors, which served as the entrance and exit to that hospital unit. At that time, the place was filled with very sick children. Other children were sick unto death, too. Compassionate nurses and committed doctors worked the scene. High tech medical equipment assisted with constant information.
By the time I arrived to visit, the father had had considerable time to give the surroundings an analysis. “You know, those double doors have a small space between them. I can stand on the other side and peer through that space. I can discern a lot of activity—-a lot of movement. But, I cannot tell exactly what is going on. And, there is no way I can until I am permitted to walk through the doors.
“So, here is my daughter. Her illness is like those double doors. I can peer through and know that God is working. But, right now, I cannot see the point of allowing her to be so sick. But, whether I can see the point or not, there is absolutely one thing about which I am sure—-I know that God is in control. Her life is in His hands. If He sees fit to take her Home, then it will mean that she will have the privilege of getting there before we do.”
He then broke down, and cried.
This man made one of the greatest statements of faith I have ever heard. And, though he had confessed that he did not see the point, he made a vital point.
I had been hard-pressed to contain my own broken-hearted emotion the moment I saw the serious condition of his daughter. But, his strong-hearted words were so very impressive as he expressed submission to the will of God.
Submission to the will of God is not some sort of passive acceptance and explanation about things we cannot control or avoid. Times we are confronted with it we are still left with questions that rip and tear at our heart, our mind, and our emotion, because the will of God, more often than not, leaves us only with a small space through which to look. We want to believe that He is working beneficently. But, we honestly cannot see the point.
So, how is it that we can best deal with the un-explanations involving the will of God?
First, God provides a great faith when His will remains un-explained. After all, it sometimes takes great faith to endure the will of God—-despite the circumstances. Hebrews 11:1 states that faith is “the substance” of things hoped for. “Substance” refers to the quality of confidence that leads one to stand, to endure, or to undertake anything. It makes all the difference in the world when we can have faith in God though not truly understanding the reasons why He works in such ways (and, I assure you, there are several things God has done in my own life, which I do not understand).
Second, God has given to us His authoritative Word to which we can turn when His will remains un-explained. For example, Romans 8:28 has to be the most assuring verse in all of the Bible, “And, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purposes.” While we know that all things are not good, in all things God works out good. That is a blessed hope.
Third, God gives the Holy Spirit to be present with us and comfort us when God’s will is un-explained. Remember that the Lord referred to the Holy Spirit as “the Comforter.” The Spirit comforts us with a sense of the presence of God. The Spirit comforts us with strength and courage to walk on despite the circumstances.
In the mean time, keep in mind that God does not have to explain His will to us. He is Sovereign. Nonetheless, I tend to think that it is because there are some things we just do not need to know. And, I am okay with that.
Pastor Ron Branch lives in Mason County and is pastor of Hope Baptist Church, Middleport, Ohio.