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Daily Verse: “And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (Luke 7:13 ESV)
KLAIO (2799): “Wail aloud (whereas 1145 is rather to cry silently) Any loud expression of grief, especially in mourning for the dead.”[I]
Having just lost her son, the devastated widow walking behind his body on its way to burial meets Jesus. Telling her not to weep, Christ showed compassion, raising the widow’s only child from the dead in front of the crowd. Fear seized the people witnessing the supernatural power of Jesus. Tongues wagged and news spread quickly of the event.
In a recent sermon, the pastor addressed why God sometimes protects and not others. Why did Jesus choose to raise the widow’s son from the dead and not someone else’s? As the pastor said, “God’s God, we’re not. Some questions don’t have an answer.”
Trust overrides answers.
Walking with Jesus requires trust, not answers. When Christ engages in conversations, time after time, He responds to the question with a question. Jesus does possess the answers to our questions, but we don’t need them to follow Him.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV)
God never intended for us to have all the answers on this side of heaven. One day, when we cross into the eternal world beyond, we’ll find out the mysteries of this world; until then, we trust.
When God says, He will never leave us or forsake us, no matter the circumstances, we believe Him. Receiving the gift of grace and mercy Christ offers costs us nothing compared to the price God paid. Remembering God’s unconditional love for us, sacrificing His Son, creating a way for us to let go of this world and grasp God’s, helps us wait well.
Amid our wailing, we can cling to Jesus when pain surrounds our soul. Answers won’t comfort us, but God will.
[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 139) Thomas Nelson