Making Sense of Senseless Loss
Read: ROMANS 9:19-26
Early on in my life of faith, I lost a friend in a tragic, senseless car accident. I wanted answers. I wanted to make sense of his death. I went to a quiet spot and prayed and journaled and cried out to God for hours.
I never figured out a way to explain how it made sense in God’s providence for my friend to die. But I came home that day with a new thought: “I understand that I do not understand.”
God would not be God if we were able to understand him. Paul bumps into the “inscrutability” of God in this passage, as he tries to understand how some of God’s chosen people might be cut off from God’s promises forever. Instead of offering answers, Paul returns to his faith in the goodness and love of God in the face of his inability to understand God’s ways. He invites us to do the same.
Lord, help me to trust in your unfailing love for all your children today. AMEN.