a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart
and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
not as they pretend to be.” (Jeremiah 17: 9-10 MSG)
I love how The Message translates this familiar verse. “The heart is like a puzzle that no on can figure out.” I think when our hearts lead us astray that this is where us mere humans tend to get hung up. We so want to understand the why to our motives and our struggles. Why did this happen? Why can’t I fix this? But one thing I’ve discovered is this. Attempting to have the ‘why’ question all figured out is often futile. It doesn’t solve the problem. Sometimes it just leaves us spinning our wheels.
It is actually much more productive for us to focus on the answer to the ‘who’ question. The above verse reminded me of a quote I read several years ago. The author is talking about Job and all the trials he had to endure…“God wants us to be healed, not informed, and that takes time… more than the answer to the ultimate ‘why’ question, God wants us to know the answer to the ultimate ‘who’ question.” Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism
So, whatever you are going through today remember...instead of getting stuck on the ‘why’ question…focus on the ‘who’ question. Who will see you through and bring victory and healing?