How do we handle situations when nothing in our lives seems to make sense? Many biblical characters could be studied but we will use Joseph and Mary as examples in this article.
Mary, a young virgin, was “greatly troubled,” when the angel Gabriel (Luke 2:26-38) appeared to her. After being told she would conceive a Son, she was puzzled and said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Old enough to understand how women got pregnant, this did not make sense. Following the angel’s explanation and statement “nothing will be impossible with God,” she said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”
When Joseph, the betrothed husband of Mary, found out she was pregnant, he began to think (Matthew 1:18-25), “this does not make sense.” I imagine him thinking, “I know this girl. This is not like her.” Considering what to do, an angel appeared to him and told him about the situation. Awaking from his dream he “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took [Mary] as his wife” (v. 24, 25).
When Caesar Augustus commanded a census be taken of all the people, it required Joseph and Mary to travel from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea (Luke 2:1-20). Surely they both thought, “this does not make sense. Mary is almost full term in her pregnancy and we have to travel 70 or more miles to register. How are we going to do this?” This journey, of several days, was made even more difficult because they had to either walk or ride a donkey.
After Jesus was born, another event that did not make sense was the shepherds coming to visit Jesus in the manger. Also, several months later, the wise men coming to a house to visit Jesus and bringing gifts.
One last example I am sure, to Mary did not make sense, was seeing her Son die on a cross. Her heart surely was broken seeing Him suffering. She must have thought, “This does not make sense, especially since I was told He would save His people.”
Many other examples could be given as well as ones from our own lives. However, how do we deal with these situations? We begin by remaining faithful to God. We are going to remain righteous and search for answers to the situation based upon what the Scriptures reveal. We are going to continue living our life knowing that God will help us even when things do not make sense. By implementing these principles we can make sense of our life as we are living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.