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5 Verses to Help Us Accept the Unexplained Matters of Life

Be it shattered dreams, unfulfilled expectations, disappointing people or simply unfair circumstances, let’s get real, they are part of life. Life can be unfair sometimes, but God is good.

I recently watched an interesting video of “The Not-So-Sweet Truth About Cabbage Patch Kids.”

In the video, Martha Nelson Thomas’ friends and husband felt that Martha’s intellectual property was stolen by Xavier Roberts. It’s sad. I also wish they could obtain the justice that Martha deserves.

Many a time, incidents like what Martha experienced happen in our personal lives too.

Indeed, situations that are beyond our understanding suck our energy, don’t they? It’s easy to dwell in despondency to think about why they happen.

Hearing the story, some memories of how I have been treated or judged unfairly in the past by some people started flashing back. I know they shouldn’t bother me at all so I have listed down verses that I use to help me accept the unexplained matters of life and I hope that they will help you as well:

5 Verses to Help Us Accept the Unexplained

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

God has allowed whatever circumstance we go through to occur for a reason and all we need is trust His will–yes, even when it’s beyond our understanding. It’s maybe that God will use us to comfort someone in the future who will experience a situation similar to ours. It may also mean being an example to a person who’s been looking up to us as examples of Christians and watching how we would respond to our state. I pray that God will us enough grace to be a blessing to whoever that person is and consequently, cause him to draw nearer to Him and to recognize Jesus as his Saviour, if need be.

2. “Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

It has the same idea as #1. Being still in this verse has the idea of not letting any thought of doubt but faith when we don’t comprehend what’s going on. It means not worrying about what can be wrong but trusting that God knows what He is doing.

3. “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.’ Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-22 (KJV)

It takes a lot of prayers to be able to do this. When people treat or judge us unfairly, all we have to do is trust God to deal with them. Doing the vengeance for ourselves will only ruin Christ’s testimony in us. Let’s just pray for them. And the next verse is so deliberating.

4. “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7

Let us remain faithful to God. While it is easy to keep a grudge against someone and rewind whatever happened in our mind, we should focus on pleasing our righteous God. Pleasing Him means loving people even when we are rejected, gossiped about and judged unfairly. Pleasing Him means living out His word in every chance we have  in the midst of uncertainties in life.

5. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Most of the things that can discourage us are not worth our attention. I am persuaded that the key to overcoming discouragement in our soul is fixing our eyes on Jesus who is our inspiration of someone who endured rejection and all mean treatment by others through faith in the will and wisdom of our Heavenly Father.

What are the unexplained things that you are going through right now? Think on these verses mentioned above and I hope that you and I will have a fresher look at life. Let’s get out of despondency and live a life full of joy and victory in Christ. Let’s look unto Jesus’ example to help us accept the unexplained matters of this life.

Good Works Cannot Save You, Only Jesus Can!

Many people around the world are yearning for peace–admittedly or not. Unfortunately though, they turn to money, fame and many other temporal things of this world to satisfy their empty souls. Needless to say, they also do good works here and there and think that it is sufficient to fill up the hole in their hearts and to cover the guilt brought about by sins. I was not exempted from the people I just described above until a turning point in my life happened.

It was April 11, 1999, a few days after my graduation from elementary school.  My mom was invited by an American missionary to come to a Bible Study in her house. My dear mom was interested to go to the said Bible Study, but was afraid that she would not be comfortable there. She then asked me to accompany her and so I did because I was also curious about what would be discussed in the Bible study. In short, we went to the Bible Study and at first, it was hilarious for me to hear some strange hymns. I found the songs funny not because they sounded like a tribal song or something, but because the melody sounded odd to me. The preacher then stood up right after the congregational songs and preached with boldness that no one can be saved through good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Salvation is a free gift from God!

Those words sank into my heart which moved me to pay more attention to more biblical things he had to say. He added that everyone needs the Lord Jesus Christ to be right with God. Jesus in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The preacher then continued saying that not a single type of good work, any kind of religion can get anyone to heaven. Solely, a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the only thing that can bring us to heaven. Eventually, the Bible study ended with an invitation for people to be sure of heaven by accepting the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ alone. I raised up my hand desiring to hear some more of the bad news (i.e. good works cannot get me to heaven) and the good news (i.e. I can get to heaven through Jesus Christ). The pastor’s wife brought me to the side and reviewed with me what has been preached and clearly showed me from the Bible that Jesus died to pay for my sins (I Cor. 15:3; Rom. 5:8).

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

What a great news to know that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for my sins! As she showed from the Bible, I also have to admit that I am a sinner and I need to confess all my sins. (Romans 3:10; 1 John 4:9)

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

1 John 4:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It was evident enough that all I need to do is to accept my sinfulness, repent of my sins and believe on the Lord Jesus to be the only Savior and my personal Lord to receive eternal life as a gift.

That night of April 11, 1999, I recognized that I am a sinner in need of forgiveness of my sins, asked for God’s forgiveness of my wickedness and accept eternal life through Jesus Christ. After doing so, I went home confident of God’s forgiveness (I John 1:9) and also confident that God would keep us safe as we go home. Oh the joy and peace which the gospel (i.e. good news) brought to my heart is unutterable.

How about you my friend? Are you sure that your soul would go to heaven after you die? You can know how to get to heaven by understanding the gospel I just presented and doing the necessary steps of faith. May we not resist the mercy and love that God has offered us. If you found my presentation unclear, kindly refer to this link and take the time to absorb God’s message for you. God loves you, my friend. I am hoping and praying that you will receive this free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and enjoy a rich relationship with God.

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