“I don’t know.” “I don’t have any answers!” Too often we encounter a situation that stumps us. We have absolutely no solutions. No matter how many times we read the Scriptures looking for an explanation, or even time spent before the Lord in prayer – we know no more at the end then when we first started.
How do you answer the question why, to a grieving young couple that loses a beloved child? There are no words that will bring comfort and understanding why their child. Or to parents as they stand by and watch their son or daughter struggle with mental illness, as they face the threat of suicide daily. Maybe its parents who are facing a life time of care for a child that will never be able to care for themselves. Or when a loved one or a friend asks, “Why doesn’t the Lord heal me?”
Unfortunately, too often we have no answers and in most situations we really don’t know anyone else who does have an answer. Yet how do we minister? To simply say, “I’m sorry,” doesn’t mean anything at these times. “Time will heal the pain,” is another statement we make, hoping to ease the sufferers’ pain. Yet, in reality – their agony may lessen but it never truly ends.
What can we do? How can we help? In all honesty, many times all we can do is lend them a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear and a loving heart. More importantly, we have the ability to bring their name and situation up before the throne of the Lord. As we lift them up, He will move on their behalf. He can meet their needs in ways that we never could.
Peter was imprisoned, chained and totally surrounded by prison guards. No one could bail him out; his friend’s hands were basically tied. Yet as the prayer warriors lifted Peter’s name up before the Throne of grace, the Lord sent an answer. An angel calmly walked Peter out right past his captors. God had intervened where no mere mortal could. John the Beloved, endured torture and being exiled. However, in each step of his life, he saw the mercy of the Lord. He lived and faithfully recorded the book of Revelation. Each man was faithful to their call, no matter how difficult their call was.
Did John cry out for relief in his time of being exiled? Or Paul wander if this was truly the Lord, as he was forced to travel to Rome? We can look throughout the Word and see hardships in the lives of His children. Every single man, woman and child will endure something at some point in their life. Yet, even as they endure, just as we endure in ours, we must draw closer to the Lord. He is our hope and our salvation. His peace can rain into our life even in the midst of our trial.
As Christians, we have to be honest; we don’t know all the answers. In fact most of the time, we don’t have any answers. But thankfully, we know the One who does. He knows it all from beginning to end, every single day of our life. It is at these times, that we must realize that we might not understand but in the midst of it all, we can trust Him. He promises to be with us always. We might not know what to say, but we know how to pray. And in those instances that we are out of word, we can cry out “Lord, let Your will be done!” “Yes, Lord, let Your will be done in their life and in ours.”