Inspiration

You Need God’s Presence, Not His Explanation

“Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7a GW).

One of the reasons people struggle with contentment is because we’re always looking for explanations for why things happen in our lives. It ticks us off that God doesn’t offer us explanations. So why doesn’t he?

Because he’s testing you. He’s testing you to see if you will let go of control and learn to be content, whether he explains it or not.

God doesn’t owe you an explanation for anything, and you wouldn’t understand it even if he gave it.

But even if you did get an explanation, it still wouldn’t take away the pain. You’re not going to know why most things happen until you get on the other side of death.

God isn’t going to give you an explanation. But he will test you.

I remember when I was a little kid, the only time our classroom in school was quiet was during a test. The teacher would say, “No talking! Take your pencils, and fill out your tests.” Even the teacher would be silent.

When God is silent in your life, you’re going through a test. When you don’t hear God and he feels like a million miles away, that is a test! The teacher is always silent when the students take a test. When God is silent in your life, your faith is being tested. Will you let go of control, or will you grab on more tightly? Will you learn to be content?

When you’re going through pain this next week or next month or this year, you don’t really need God’s explanation. You need God’s presence.

“Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7a GW).

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick >>

Talk It Over

  • What are you angry with God about that you don’t want to admit?
  • In what way is God testing you right now? How will you respond?
  • What do you think God wants you to do while you wait patiently for him?
...Read More.
Now Playing:

Our Mission at a Glance

To bridge the cultural gap within

Christian Music

by uniting listeners all over the world to join in the diverse listening experience we provide.

Look Up Radio |  #1 Christian Contemporary and Gospel Radio Station | This Just In! Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Partners with e One for Record Label

This Just In! Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound...

September 5, 2012 By Hasan James We just got word that the winner of this year’s Verizon How Sweet the Sound choir competition, which kicks... READ MORE

Labor Day

Once per year the USA celebrates Labor Day, a national holiday originating from 1800's celebrations of trade workers and... READ MORE

The Bible Says Love Is a Choice

Today we’ve bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that it’s something that just happens to us. In fact, even the languag... READ MORE
ADVERTISEMENT

Top 5 Christian Songs