We can’t always Understand

Abstract 3d letter with stone wall texture - UAs you do not know the path of the wind,
    or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
    the Maker of all things.  Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

The “U” part of My TEA CUPP Prayers is all about UNDERSTANDING our stories, so we can share how God has helped us with others.  But as I read this verse in my Bible one day, I realized we can’t always understand.

There are some parts of His Plan that I will never comprehend until I see Jesus face to face, and perhaps by then it won’t matter anymore.  For now I struggle with un-answered prayers, seeing children from church leave God’s path for a time, babies dying…I just don’t understand.  But I can pray for God’s peace and for me to do what is right. Instead of having a testimony to share, I can be a testimony in these tough situations.

Our church sponsored a village in the Philippines as a mission project.  The day I was writing this, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude rocked their little island.  People are dying, buildings are destroyed, century-old churches lie in ruins.  And it is hard to understand.  Can God use this great tragedy to bring more people to His Kingdom?  Can our church be a testimony yet in this tough situation?  Yes!

Jesus tells us in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God!”  Jesus continues,

 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  Mark 11:23-24 (NKJV)

I might not UNDERSTAND, but I can BELIEVE!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Is there an event in life you are struggling with right now, something tough you just don’t understand?  Jesus understands.  Give it to Him during your TEA CUPP prayer time today.  Believe that He will bring good out of it all.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NKJV)


New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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