Getting your mind around life can often be a major challenge. We see things in the media which may cause us to question if God is really in control. War and cruelty, famine and natural disasters all put our faith on the spot, particularly when trying to explain things to non-believers.
In 2 Kings 19, Hezekiah was facing invasion by Sennacherib, king of Assyria. All the signs were against him, as he faced a stronger army than his own. Yet despite this, we are told that he sought the counsel of Isaiah, who told him that God was on his side and that Sennacherib would return to Nineveh without waging war on Jerusalem. In 2 Kings 19:14 we read: Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.
Both the psalmist (Psalm 73) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 19) came to know that true understanding could only come about when they saw God’s part in the situation they faced. Looking at things only from a physical viewpoint results in a skewed perspective on the issue(s). True understanding must involve God and how he intends to use the situation.
When you struggle with life, take it to God and let him give you understanding. Ask him to show you his perspective on the situation and trust him to reveal part of the ‘big picture’ to you.