Sometimes things happen in our lives that we don’t understand. They can be good things or bad things. They can bring us happiness and joy or they can bring us sadness and despair. Often, especially in those times when things are happening that are bringing us into a valley in our lives, we may find ourselves crying out to God and asking, “Why is this happening?”
That is what happened to Job. When God allowed Satan to test Job, Job found himself in the deepest valley of his life. He lost his children, his livestock, and even his health. As a result, Job found himself wishing to die and he asked God what he had done wrong to deserve his plight (Job 13:20-23). Job couldn’t understand why those things had happened to him.
In my own life, there have been times when things were going on that I could not understand. Several years ago, my wife and I had decided to put money down to have a home built in Florida. We picked a lot that we really liked, then returned home to begin getting our current home ready to go on the market. At the time, we really needed to replace the retaining wall in our driveway and hired a mason to do the job. That’s when things went wrong. When we were left with a half-built wall and a torn up driveway for almost two years, we ended up having to cancel the Florida home and lost the money we had put down. I found myself asking God, “Why? Why is this happening?”
God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9) and we can’t fully comprehend them. But, His plan for us is always what is best for us (Jeremiah 29:11). When we are in those valleys, facing things that we don’t understand or that just don’t seem fair, we need to let go of our human understanding and trust in God with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5). He always knows what is best for us.
Job trusted in God and, while he never learned why he lost everything, God restored his losses and blessed him with more than he had to begin with (Job 42:12-13). Although I never got to build that house in Florida, God has blessed me right where I am and brought me to a deeper place in my walk with Him.
We may never know why certain things happen in our lives. But there is one thing that we can be sure of. We serve a great God, who is our heavenly Father, and He cares for us and wants only what is best for us. Our Father truly does know best.