Asking Why

You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’
It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. – Job 42:3

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I have asked God why, I won’t say I never have, but I try not to go down that road if I can help it because I know there really is no answer to it and no satisfaction in going down that path. I do know that God did not do this to us and he does count our tears and care about our pain and sorrow very deeply. There is nothing we have done in this life or any other that has brought this on us, it isn’t a punishment of any sort; it’s just a terrible part of living in this broken and evil world we live in that is run by the evil one.

I truly think what that old devil wants is for me be stuck in that cycle that truly doesn’t have a satisfying answer.  Instead of asking myself why in the negative sense, like “why is all this pain being piled on me?”, I find that I have to turn that around to a different kind of Why questioning.  It looks something like this:

*Why out of all the people in the world, did you bring Brian and I together?  Wow, what a miracle that we would meet at just the time we did and fall in love.

*Why did you allow me to have my precious children, despite all of my other health issues? Why did you favor me by bringing me back from the brink to see their precious angel faces turn from baby cheeks to handsome young man and beautiful young lady?

*Why, though hundreds of miles and sometimes a sizable pond separate us and we will probably never meet in person, did you make a path for me to connect with other amazing people through the internet?

Those types of Why questions can help us see the ways that God is caring for us through all the struggles life is throwing our way, and can help to keep us focused on those things rather than on the negatives that really have no rhyme or reason.

Why do we suffer and have pain? Because the devil finds great delight in heaping it on us at every chance he gets, then blaming the God instead. Don’t fall into that trap. Begin to ask Why questions that point us back to the true nature of our Lord. 


Dear God, we cannot thank you enough for your blessings.  Help us to focus our mind on those, instead of fruitless questioning of things that are too wonderful for us to understand.  I know we will never be disappointed if we pursue those things.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen…


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