As I prepared to write this post, I saw several news stories cross my social media feed (Monday evening). Enough to make me ask my husband what was going on. He always has the news on somewhere in the house. He explained to me that there was yet another act of terrorism in a public setting with a tragic ending for many people.
It’s at times like this that ALL I want to do is ask Why?
Why God? Why did this happen?
It’s human nature to ask “why”, it starts almost as soon as we can talk.
As a child, I wanted an explanation for everything, just ask my mom. She would tell me to do something and I would ask Why? She would explain it and I would ask why about something in her explanation.
I am sure I was exasperating as a child, but I simply wanted to know Why!
I could always tell when I had crossed the line in asking “why” too many times, she would come back with, “Because I said so, or I told you so.”
Uh oh, now I was in for it.
That’s ok, because, my kids, especially my daughter did the exact same thing to me. Sorry mom.
We however, do the same thing to God.
When tragedy strikes, when things don’t go our way, or they don’t work out the way we had hoped, we are left with questions and so we cry out to God. Sometimes with a sincere heart and sometimes with a whiney, I demand my way attitude.
But God, I want to know why?
Why do bad things happen?
Why didn’t God stop this from happening?
Why did they leave me?
Why do they not like me?
Why did I not get the job, the raise, the house, or _____ ? (fill in the blank).
I’ve always heard that we are not to ask God “why”, but rather, we are to ask:
“What can I learn from this?”
“What do I need to do?”
Warren Wiersbe once said “We live by God’s promises, not by God’s explanations”.
As a child of God, trust is an integral part of our walk with God.
If we don’t trust, then it is hard to have faith and belief.
If we don’t trust, then we demand explanations, instead of leaning into His promises.
Scripture tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.
Yet, how are we to live by God’s promises, when all we want is explanations.
We turn to His Word.
We trust in His promises.
We don’t give up hope.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
As the WHY questions burned in my mind and heart all night long, I kept hearing these lyrics of a hymn I sang growing up in church:
King David knew what it meant to lean into the arms of God and be at peace in the midst of the chaos and storms. I don’t have the answers that will calm my heart or ease my mind, but I can lean into God and trust in the Promises of His Word.
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1
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