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Thursday, June 15th, '17

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WHY, LORD?

"My God, my God, why...?" (Psalm 22:1)

 

"Why?" is the wrong question. God never answers it. David asked it, as did Jeremiah, a few of the minor prophets and others. Even Jesus hollered, "Why?" from the cross. The skies remained as brassy and silent for the Son as for all others who have begged an answer. Robert Schuller in The Be-Happy Attitudes ponders, "God never answers why, because the person who asks "why" doesn't really want an explanation; he wants an argument! God refuses to be drawn into an argument. If God answered one "why", we would come up with another. There would be no end of it". Asking "when" isn't any more productive. "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in his own authority" (Acts 1:7). The better question is "Who?" If the trial can make me more Christ-like or helps me to be more generous or sympathetic to others than "who" will be answer enough.

 

Schuller goes on to say that asking why bad things happen to good people is backward thinking. The question should be, "What happens to good people when bad things happen?" The line has become a bit trite but still true; they become bitter or better. Pastor Hagee says, "When you're down to nothing God is up to something". That is Romans 8:28 with a lemon slice. He was up to something while His Son hung on the cross asking "why"? Don't think the silence means heaven is ambivalent. Perseverance, character and hope are being tempered (Romans 5:4). Appreciation rises from the ashes. Forget health and wealth; though Job's fortunes were restored he was simply glad to be alive. Someone asked, "Do you grumble that roses have thorns or thank God that thorns have roses?" Even a rose gently laid on a pillow can draw blood.

 

Don't ask why. He did say he would guide those that ask "how" (James 1:5), but even that guidance is through a dim window pane and given only a step at a time. Healed or bedfast? Soon or never? With or without? Sighs are expected; learning to praise in spite of limited understanding, that is progress. I guess He wants to hold our hand. If all the answers were known ahead of time we would run off to our rainbow and leave Him walking in the distance. "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" He hasn't. It is just that on foggy days it is hard to make out anyone's silhouette. That is the time when you reach for His hand, not His answers.


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