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June 22, 2020


“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ (Romans 9:20)

There are many approaches to gleaning truths from God’s Word. By creating an outline of a passage. Doing a topical study, or doing a character study. When I was a Youth Pastor years ago, one way we taught students was to take a passage of scripture and, for each verse, answer the questions: “Who? What? Where? When? and How?”

In helping anyone apply this approach, I’d recommend pointing out one caveat, rarely does the such an approach yield to us the “Why” answers. Yet, often in life, when we are facing confusing or difficult circumstances, “Why” is the one question we yearn to have answered more than any. Unfortunately, such questions require a moral or theological answer. The question “why” becomes especially discouraging when tragedy comes and we find ourselves asking, “Why did this happen to me?” or “Why do I have to go through this?”

Some think the book of Job exists to address such questions, since Job was one of the most godly men alive in his day, yet he suffered more than most. For 37 chapters of Job God is silent. Job and his friends are left to debate the “whys” regarding the cataclysmic events that struck him. So we learn the “whos” “whats” and “whens” are answered immediately. The “whys” come way down the road, if they ever come.

In those “why” moments, we do well to remember He is forming us for His purposes. “You do not realize now what I am doing,” said Jesus, “but later you will understand” (John 13:7). When we finally understand the “whys,” we often respond as Job, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. I am unworthy--how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth” (Job 42:5; 40:4).

Question: What “why” questions are you facing at the moment?

Challenge: Remember all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). Say with Job: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15).

Prayer: Lord, help me trust you completely in the “why” moments!

Rob Crose -- BC Staff

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