Psalm 131. Job 3, Job 38:1-42:6.

I used to have so many questions,
So many “hows” and “whys.”
I looked to God for the answers;
I searched the earth and skies.

God didn’t answer my questions.
He didn’t give me a sign.
Instead He cemented his Presence,
And knocked on the door of my mind.

Job asked Him why there was trouble,
Why his life fell apart in his hands,
But God doesn’t give explanations
No matter how strong our demands.

A reply’s not the same as an answer,
And God surely replied to this man.
He drew Job’s eyes to creation
The answer, as always: I AM.

The song-writer knew where he stood.
He knew things were out of his grasp.
So he trusted the Lord of Creation,
And released every question he’d ask.

Content with his humble position,
Like a child weaned from the breast
Who no longer searches for milk
But in the arms of his mother finds rest.

God didn’t owe Job an answer,
Nor the psalmist a well-thought-out plan.
He calls us to trust His Presence,
To be still in the arms of I AM.

 

When God finally speaks in the book of Job, He goes on for four chapters yet never actually answers Job questions. (I love these chapters! They’re like the thunder of a summer storm in my heart.) Job’s reply, however, shows he had learned what he needed:

Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”  –Job 42:1-2

That was enough for Job. That was his all-sufficient answer.

We wrestle with the
difficult questions and
hurl them toward the Lord.

In our pride, we wrestle with the difficult questions and hurl them toward the Lord, like a baby struggling with the air around him. The presence of a baby’s mother comforts him, and he no longer needs explanation. God’s response to us—like to Job—is the same: His Presence. He calls us to know Him, to look at Who He is, to trust Him. The Psalmist understood.

Psalm 131

My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.

God’s answer to every question we throw at Him? It hasn’t changed since He answered Moses: “I AM.” My #questions are #NotAboutMe, via @Carole_Sparks. (click to tweet)

Have you wrestled with the difficult, unanswerable things of God? How did He reveal His presence? I’d just love to hear what you’re thinking right now. Leave me a comment below!

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9 thoughts on “There’s Only One Answer

  1. Dear Carole, I had to return to this poem in the solace of morning. Spirit is stirring, concern for you as I read it. Your words are familiar to the forever why’s I used to ask until God tore them away. I find, as my sense is with you, we accept I AM alone in His glory until something unfamiliar again appears. The surprise is abrasive and shakes us. I am here always as a friend and a sister in Christ.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I wrote it thinking back on who I used to be and how He’s brought me to trust first, ask questions later. I think of Martha’s conversation with Jesus while Lazarus was dead. He directs her away from her doubts and problems, toward Himself: “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11:25). Maybe I should add a couple of stanzas about that scene…

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  2. Oh, Carole, I like this! “A reply’s not the same as an answer.”
    I am currently struggling through a family situation that is causing me to trust in God’s goodness to the nth degree. Sitting still and listening in His presence has brought me great peace.

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