A visitor to a school for deaf-mutes wrote on the blackboard – “Why has God made me to hear and speak, and not you?” The little ones sat dazed before that dreadful “why.” A little girl arose. Her eyes were brimming with tears. Walking to the board, she wrote. “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight.”
We have all lived long enough to have a “why” rise in our mind. Sometimes it rises in our throat until we nearly choke on it. Sometimes it settles in our eyes until we can hardly see. Sometimes it takes up residence in the deepest cavern of the soul, and there assumes a life of its own, gnawing, perplexing, tormenting.
Yet the sincere Christian has a powerful resource: resignation to the will of God; trust in the providences of God; a heart that says, “nevertheless, not my will but Thine be done.” This attitude of resignation is beautifully modeled in the life of our Savior. Paul’s description of Christ’s choice of humiliation defies human reason: He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men… He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto… the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:7,8) Paul’s admonition to us is: “Let this (same) mind (attitude; disposition of soul) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (v 5)
How precious it is to believe that He does all things well; that He knows, cares, chooses; and that we are not victims of uncontrolled circumstances but children of an infinite, loving Heavenly Father through faith in Jesus Christ.
“Simply trusting every day.
Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.”