Letting Go of Why

Our lives are full of “whys,” usually issued out of confusion, disappointment, pain, loss, and suffering. Just live long enough and the “whys” will come.

Thankfully, Scripture is littered with them too.

Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1)

Why did I not die at birth, come out of the womb and expire?” (Job 3:11)

Why do you (GOD) make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?” (Hab. 1:3)

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (Ps. 43:5)

Why do you (God) idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” (Hab. 1:13)

The list goes on and on.

Most times God chooses not to give specific answers to our “whys.” Thankfully, for the most part, they’re not directly answered in Scripture either. Could it be otherwise? God asks for faith. Instead of black and white answers, He gives us glimpses of Himself, showing us that He is indeed trustworthy. These snapshots are gifts far more precious and far more comforting than any clear-cut answer to our problems. A proper vision of God awards us a hope for the future and instills in us courage to endure the dismal circumstances of the present with joyous confidence in God’s reliability. The more we experience Christ, through faith and love, the less significant the “why” becomes.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” Read the rest of Job 38-42.

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