Have you ever felt angry with God before? Or better yet, alone? Like God isn’t there through whatever situation you’re in.
We are human, so these feelings happen to the best of us all the time – whether you want to admit out loud or not. But, it’s ok. There is great power in sometimes asking God “Why?”
Why am I going through this?
Why do you have me going through this?
Why aren’t you taking care of it?
Why, why, why.
I think of the story in Matthew 14: 28-31. Verse 28 says, “And Peter answered him, “‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.'” After that in verse 29, Jesus says one word. “Come”. Just one word. We have a detailed God that doesn’t do details all the time (because He knows what we need to know more than we do). That can be frustrating considering the fact that we give everything we have to Him. Our lives, our struggles, our worldly desires, everything. We are like Peter. Going through a struggle, walking on water. Having he winds try and knock us down, trying so hard not to drown, being so terrified (Verse 30) and not knowing if that is Jesus standing right there with you on the water!
After Peter started sinking, Verse 31 says “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and Took hold of him, saying to him, “O you little faith, why did you doubt?”
Even in the midst of frustration, Jesus is right there.
What word is He telling you? Sometimes he can be telling us to Listen. Maybe it’s Go. Maybe it’s Teach. Whatever word it is, ask God for guidance through that word. However frustrating it can be to not get details about how the outcome will be on the situation that you are going through, Jesus is there through it all.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Living your life through that one word will build the ultimate faith that we all long for!