When You Don’t Understand What God is Doing

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Have you ever been in a position in your life, when you just couldn’t figure out what was happening? It’s that place where you just can’t put your finger on what was going on? It’s a time when you just don’t understand what God is doing. Well, if you haven’t been there yet, hold on, because at some point in your life, you’ll get there. But for some of you who are there right now….let’s talk about it.

No doubt, this is a tough place to be. Sometimes it’s a dry place or a place of uncertainty. Other times it’s a scary place. And sometimes it’s a place of simply…waiting. Yet, wherever the place you find yourself, the key is knowing that God IS with you…even when you don’t understand what He is doing. He’s just working things out behind the scenes.

You might not be able to see it or feel it. It may even frustrate or anger you, because you just can’t figure Him out like in the story of Job (in the Bible). But guess what? Whatever it is, it’s going to work out for your good in the end as Romans 8:28 says. Even if it doesn’t look that way in the beginning…or the middle. Just trust Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” This is a very popular verse in the Bible. And many people know it. BUT…it’s most effective when it’s BELIEVED and APPLIED.

The keyword is “TRUST.” It’s soooooo much about trusting God. I know from experience that this verse is very powerful when activated. I remember having to undergo surgery one time to have all four of my wisdom teeth pulled, and I was a little apprehensive. But as I was going under, I just kept saying, “Lord, I trust you.” And I’ll do the same this week when I go in for my hysterectomy.

I have a T-shirt that reads, “Relax, God is in Control.” I LOVE IT! I’m actually wearing it as I write this post! Whenever I wear this shirt, God reminds me that He is in total control. Whether I’m folding it up or passing a mirror at the time when I have it on, He supernaturally reminds me that He’s got me. And He’s got you too! Isn’t He amazing?!

When we trust God in uncertain, fearful, dry, waiting times, or when we don’t understand what He’s up to concerning the present or future, it pleases the Lord’s heart. But I have to say that without it, we displease Him. It shows that we have a lack of faith, as if He doesn’t know what He’s doing. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: but he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

So I want to encourage you to realize that He IS God and that He has everything under control. Just continue to seek Him earnestly, while keeping the faith… even when you don’t understand what He’s doing. Don’t get angry with Him. Don’t stop believing. Don’t lose hope. Don’t turn back. And don’t stop doing well. I have to tell myself the same things sometimes. God reassures us in His word, “So don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”

The harvest is coming! Breakthrough is coming! Believe that God will complete the work that He has begun in you until the day of Jesus Christ (See Philippians 1:6). No matter what you do, just don’t give up. Because He IS going to reward you for your diligence and faithfulness. He’s got a plan…even when you don’t understand what He’s doing.

Be encouraged my sister! I am!

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!


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About the Author:

Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.


  1. Tabitha April 27, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

    This really helped me today,I am at a stand still and I’m having thoughts of giving up.thankfully I read this. Thank you for allowing God to use you.

    • insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com May 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Praise God Tabitha! I’m so glad the Lord led you here in due time! He knew exactly where you were. I pray that you will continue growing in your faith no matter what comes your way. He’s able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy! (From Jude 1:24).So keep holding on and allow God to mold you into all that He intended and purposed you to be! Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! Endure unto the end… ~Courtnaye

  2. Chris Berry July 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I’m having a hard time trusting God right now because i don’t know his will. I’ve been dealing with a spiritual dryness for sometime now, it doesn’t matter how much a pray, study, or fast. it seems like the Lord doesn’t want anything too do with me. I’m trying to have faith but I don’t know if I’m believing in something that God dose not want for me, and with the spiritual dryness, it’s not like I can hear his voice even if he reviles is will. This is the hardest time I have ever endured as a Christian and it’s scary. Please help if you can.

  3. jelenn March 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    first of all, i thank the Lord i had the opportunity to read this. i lost my job more than a year now, and i’m having a hard time finding another one. what keeps me going these days is praying hard and knowing this state i’m in would pass. i trust in the Lord with all my heart. He is in control and i offer my life to HIm. your post affirmed what i believe in. no matter how hard i try to create plans, they don’t materialize. the Lord has His own plans which of course i don’t have any idea of. it’s hard being at this place, but by praying and trusting in Him, i know i’ll be fine. thanks for the inspiring thoughts. God Bless.

  4. Denese March 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this encouragement. Right when I needed it. God Bless you!

    • Courtnaye Richard June 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Praise God!

  5. Ansje July 3, 2017 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Hi Courtney, thank you for your faithfulness in writing this, your message was what I came to when googling when you don’t understand God. It has encouraged me greatly. Sometimes we don’t get a direct answer from God but Google answers right away and there your message was. God bless you and keep encouraging believers.

  6. Marie Zayas October 25, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Thank you Courtnaye & Thank You DaddyGod for bringing her into my life to Praise You, as well! 🙂

  7. Anonymous January 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    God is always on time.

  8. Nikki February 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm - Reply


    I read this post and feel really encouraged.
    I am seeking to know God more…. I admit I have not always been obedient but I realized that I want to live righteously in Christ.
    I have been troubled with a few situations which I cannot seem to get out of… I have and still am praying for a change and breakthrough….

    One of them is to get a new job as I am extremely unhappy at my current work place – experienced many ill treatment, under paid, and just no longer enjoy the work itself its not challenging and no room for growth.

    I have applied to many posts only to be rejected… went for two interviews and still found I wasnot accepted. Been searching for a few months yet nothing… I am and have been praying for s breakthrough…. sometimes I wonder why nothing is happening or coming my way – but then I realized I will continue to Trust God. It was not easy at first to believe that he has not forgotten me….. but as an act of faith I will believe something will come my way.

    I am going to resign regardless of whether I have something or not – as I given myself a timeframe to be done at my current post.

    Anyway – Just thought I would share….ife is tough! Economy is bad…. and it can all feel like so much strain upon oneself to point of feeling helpless. But God is faithful and good….

    To all of is who are waiting…. lets not be discouraged. Lets stay in faith and obey Him….

    God bless

  9. Yana March 16, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    this is what I need today 😢😢 Thank you Dearest

  10. Edgar Sipho Nuves June 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you.

    God bless you.

  11. Janene June 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    This was exactly what i needed today!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your kind Loving words.

  12. Yemima September 7, 2018 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for encouraging me with your post! I’m going through something that I don’t understand right now but I believe God is in control.

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