When our nation is impacted by numerous disasters such as hurricanes, fires, tornadoes and flooding, people always ask, ‘where was God in all this?’ or ‘why did God allow this?’, or just simply – why? The answer to the first question is to know that God is Omnipresent meaning He is everywhere present.
But the answer to the second question, as I perceive it, is there is no answer we can determine. No one can fully answer the why question. And so you ask, why do we not have an answer? It is because there are things about God that are unsearchable – things we will never have an answer for. If you take a look at what the Bible says about the things of God that we do not know, you discover the unsearchable things of God.
First, the biblical meaning of the word unsearchable is “that which cannot be sought out or known by investigation, examination or inquiry.” And so if some things of God are unsearchable, what are those things?
- Marvelous things – those are extraordinary things separated by a distinguishing action that can only be accomplished by God himself. They are beyond our power to do and too difficult for us to understand. We see the word unsearchable used in Job 5:9. Job was certainly a man looking for answers. He had lost everything, was doubted and accused by his friends, yet he said of God “He does marvelous things, wonders and miracles that are unsearchable.”
- His greatness – We cannot understand the greatness of God because it is an attribute of God. It is in reference to the magnitude and majesty of God. It is who He is, His great and majestic actions. (Psalm 145:3) He is worthy of our praise, but His greatness is unsearchable.
- His judgments, His ways are past finding out. Ways = a course of conduct, manner of thinking, feeling, deciding. Judgments = matter to be decided, decisions. The decisions God makes and acts on are things we will never be able to search out and examine. Oh, we can try, but will not come up with the answers that only He knows.
If you have ever been in a courtroom waiting for a judge’s decision, you sense the anticipation of his thinking, deciding and acting upon his decision; but you cannot know what he is thinking until he reveals his decision. So it is with God. Only He knows what He is thinking, feeling and deciding until it is revealed to us in some way. (Romans 11:33) “Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and inscrutable his ways.” Inscrutable means ‘impossible to understand or interpret.’
- Riches of Christ – abundance, fullness, that with which one is enriched. The fullness of His perfection, fullness of all things in store for God’s use. Used of the fullness of the things pertaining to salvation with which Christ is able to enrich others. (Eph 3:8) But the riches of Christ are unsearchable. We cannot understand how God could love us enough and want us to have a relationship with Him for eternity to the point that he would come to earth in the form of a man, Jesus, who would die for us to purify us from sin so we can be pure and holy before Him in a personal relationship. Yes, that is exactly what happened. As a result, believers have access to all the riches of Christ, and yet they are unsearchable. We will not know while we are on earth what all those riches contain.
It’s like a child before Christmas. They have a preview of what Christmas morning will be like because they see some gifts under the tree. But they have no idea what those gifts contain, or that there are more to come. As believers we have a preview of the riches of Christ through the grace we have received for eternal life. But we do not know fully what eternal life beyond this earth will look like.
- His understanding – reasons, intelligence, insight, knowledge, teaching, discretion. How could we ever search out the intelligence of God? He is all-knowledge! Our human brains could never comprehend or contain all that God knows and His reasons for the actions He takes. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28
And so, it is not for us to know all the answers to the why question unless and until those answers are revealed which may not be until we reach Heaven.
And so, if we cannot search out and understand all these things about God, what can we do? This is where faith and trust come in.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11) Verse 3 says “by faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” In other words, God created the world out of nothing. It is only by faith that we are able to know this.
We have faith that God is who he says he is and will do what he says he will do. We trust Him as we see Him revealed through the Bible and by the Holy Spirit. We accept these things to be true by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Hebrews 11 is filled with examples of heroes of the faith from the Old Testament era. These people were looking toward the future Christ while the New Testament church looks back to the Christ who gave his life for us.
These people listed in Hebrews 11 trusted God when asked to do what we would consider to be outlandish – out of the ordinary things. You can read this chapter to see for yourself the unusual things asked of them.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
The answer to what our response is to be when questions of why consume us is to have faith in God through Christ – to trust God even though we don’t understand – to move forward with what may seem out of the ordinary, but we are compelled to do and to seek Him each day. Why – because there are things that we will learn, find and know as we seek Him.
I Ch 28:9 “If you seek him, he will be found by you,”
2 Ch 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Time after time in the Old and New Testament, the scriptures tell us to seek the Lord. And we have His promise that He will be found by us as we seek Him.
Instead of seeking answers to the question of why, we are instead to:
- Seek the Lord
- Seek His strength
- Seek His presence continually
- Seek out all the commandments of the Lord
- Seek Him and find Him
- Seek His face in prayer for our nation
The extraordinary things He does; His attributes, His judgments and ways, the riches of Christ and His understanding, all of these are unsearchable by the human mind.
Therefore, as believers in Christ, we are to walk by faith trusting God every step of the way in what is taking place around us. Faith must have an object and the proper object of real, sincere faith is God Himself even though we cannot know how He exists or understand all about Him. Then by faith, as we trust, we are to act accordingly by seeking Him, His word, His strength, His presence through prayer. His word promises that we will find Him. And that is enough. He is enough. It is enough to know that He is everywhere present, knows all things and is in control of all things. One day His purpose will be fully revealed for eternity.
But this one thing you can know – He loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him. Everything else is preparation for that one thing. If you want to know how this is possible, send me a message on the “contact” page.