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5 Things to Do When God Makes No Sense

Life doesn't always go as planned. So what do we do when the answer we wanted isn't the one we got?

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A lot of the time, trusting in God means having faith even when we don鈥檛 know what鈥檚 going on behind the scenes. We can鈥檛 see the whole picture, and from where we鈥檙e standing the situation we鈥檙e looking at might not make much sense. But just like in the book of Habakkuk, God is always up to something greater than we can see or understand. When it doesn鈥檛 feel like God鈥檚 making sense, here are 5 things to do.

1. Remember

When you鈥檙e in the midst of a situation that鈥檚 testing your faith, take a minute to pause and remember the God that you鈥檝e trusted in up until this point - we can trust in what we know to be true about God, even if we don鈥檛 feel like we鈥檙e currently experiencing it. And if you鈥檙e new to faith or trusting God, lean into how you鈥檝e seen him work throughout history and in the lives of other people who have trusted in him. His goodness is a truth that we can cling to.

2.  Wait

As frustrating as it can feel at times, we know that God doesn鈥檛 operate on our timeline - he works in his own perfect time. The good news is that we can be confident that God鈥檚 timing is always perfect and better than ours will ever be - but that doesn鈥檛 always make our current situation less daunting. In Habakkuk 2:1, Habakkuk writes, "I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint." Habakkuk knew that God鈥檚 silence doesn鈥檛 mean he鈥檚 absent - and sometimes we have to be willing to wait on him.

3. Listen

There are many ways that God can speak to us when the time is right for us to hear from him. Whether it鈥檚 through reading his Word in the Bible, a nudge or feeling from his Spirit, through people we know and trust, in our circumstances, or through a sermon or song, when we鈥檙e listening, we鈥檒l hear what he has to say. We just have to be willing to listen for it.

4. Write

This one may seem arbitrary, but it鈥檚 actually especially important. When we鈥檙e listening for God鈥檚 response, we may hear it in a way that moves us and serves as a great reminder of his faithfulness. But in the minutes, hours, or days following that reminder, it鈥檚 easy to be overwhelmed by life and forget the feeling. Take time to write down and record the ways God has shown up in your life so you may look back on them and live in those moments when you鈥檙e experiencing hard times. You may be surprised just how powerful and life-giving it can be to relive those moments of inspiration.

5. Tell

When God does incredible things in our lives, they鈥檙e worth talking about. And even when the incredible things haven鈥檛 happened yet - or don鈥檛 happen the way we鈥檙e hoping they will - our stories are still worth telling others. In the midst of the unknown, telling our story can give others encouragement and hope through our faith, and it can also set up future opportunities to share about God鈥檚 faithfulness in our lives. Don鈥檛 skip this step - choosing to tell your story is a crucial part of trusting God when he makes no sense.


To hear more about what to do when God makes no sense, watch our sermon series When God Makes No Sense on the book of Habakkuk as we talk about how to navigate life when it doesn鈥檛 seem good, but we know we follow a God who is.


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