“I don’t understand God’s ways,” I commented to my mom yesterday evening while we were riding our bikes together.
“I don’t either, Kristina. Who does?” she replied. We were both referring to an ongoing personal situation that's beyond human sense. It’s not the way either of us would write the script; yet we see that God has been working and is working, and we have confidence that He is continuing to write the story. Whenever I try to figure it out, I just get a knot in my stomach.
Then I am reminded of a recurring theme from my recent readings in the book of Deuteronomy. Over and over again Moses charges the people of Israel: “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 10:12).
Nowhere in Scripture are we commanded to understand God’s ways—are they not unsearchable (Romans 11:33)? Yet repeatedly we are instructed to walk in His ways. God promises His presence and His favor upon us—not when we finally figure things out—but as we love Him and walk in His ways and serve Him with all our hearts.