Today's Reading: Ezekiel 38-39
Today, I sat with a man struggling with cancer. He asked me, "What is God thinking? Why is this happening? Is God punishing me? Is there something I should be learning?"
These are good questions for which I had no answers. God's ways are not my ways nor are my thoughts like God's thoughts.
Sometimes, God's hiddenness is difficult for us. God's silence is deafening. God's ways do not make sense in our finite minds.
The Psalmist asked questions, "Why do the wicked prosper?" "Have you forgotten me?" "Why have you turned from me?"
But the prophet Ezekiel, speaking on behalf of God, declares, "I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD."
Though the questions we ask in the darkness of the night on our beds seem despairing at times, the revelation of the LORD in Ezekiel sounds even more frightening.
It makes me wonder, which is worse or which is better, to be in the dark or to have the light of God's revelation before us?
As I listened to the man struggle today, the Spirit said to me, "Trust me."
This seems to be God's word to God's people whether they are in want or in plenty.
I believe there is no more guessing when we conform our minds to that task.
Pretty straight forward, no matter the circumstances.