Haven’t we all at some point asked “Why?” I mean, why did my parents divorce? Why do my children insist on rebelling against me? Why did they get that job instead of me? Why do I have cancer, diabetes, addiction and why is there always drama in my life?
I have heard someone say, “We aren’t supposed to question God.” This depends upon what exactly it is you are questioning doesn’t it? God’s very word tells us to ask, seek and knock so asking can’t be a problem. On the other hand when we start doubting or questioning God’s character we may be stepping on shaky ground.
For instance Job started to question God’s motives and character and that is when God finally spoke. Then God had a few questions of his own for Job. He said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” He goes on to ask Job where he was when he measured out the sky or when he set the boundaries for the sea. He hits Job with a steady barrage of questions only God himself knows to prove to Job that his finite mind has no chance to understand all of what God is up to. Finally God says to Job “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.” With that Job’s whole attitude and outlook on things is changed forever.
Nevertheless I think the Apostle Paul made a statement in the first chapter of 2 Corinthians that has come to satisfy me in most of my questions of why. He writes to the Corinthians and says, “For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And he will yet deliver us.”
In conclusion, the ever elusive answer to the question why could be summed up with the bold words –so that we would not trust in ourselves. Everything that happens to us in this life is meant to turn our trusting of ourselves toward trusting God. He is, after all, the only one with the real answer to our endless “Why?” These things happen to us so we will learn to trust in him rather than ourselves. The problem we have is we think all of our lives struggles are so difficult and so different than anyone else’s. We think our problems are so complex therefore they require a complex solution when in fact they don’t. They require the one and only solution there really is and that is faith in Christ.
Written by Louie