Why do we struggle with why?

The first time I really questioned God was after the death of good friend. He was in his early twenties, an exemplary Christian. His death was one of those freak accidents that happen.

And, I asked God why.

I believe it’s human to do so, especially in times of:

  • pain
  • loss
  • children without parents
  • husband without a wife, etc.
  • cancer
  • debilitating illnesses and injuries.
  • The list goes on.

Questioning why is actually wanting to know what God knows. Eve wanted that, and so it has been through the ages.

We may not always get an answer.

In the Bible, great men and women of God asked why:

  • Rebekah
  • Moses
  • the daughters of Zelophehad
  • Gideon
  • Naomi
  • Ruth
  • David
  • Job
  • Asaph
  • Jonah,
  • and many more.

Why, God, did You permit this to happen? Why do things look so dark?

I believe it’s interesting to read in the Bible how God answers different people’s whys in different ways. As He understands hearts and motivations, He knows best whether to lecture, teach, or just show love to the person involved. Many times, after listening to God’s Word, these people came to a realization that God had a purpose in what seemed like a tragic situation.

Death, sickness, and all the other awful things in this world weren’t the original plan. God created the earth perfect. But, death came with the first sin, and the earth was cursed.

Even so, God’s desire has always been to redeem. The Bible says that, in God’s foreknowledge, the plan of salvation was in the works—before creation. What a blessing!

Even horrible things are for divine purposes.

Romans 8:28 is a verse that has been misquoted and misapplied, but it is an important verse for our understanding about why:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This verse is in the context of the Holy Spirit working in and through believers. It’s only for those that love God and are called according to His purpose—born again believers.

This doesn’t apply to those who have not accepted Jesus as payment for their sins. It doesn’t guarantee anything good for any global group. It’s for believers only.

Those who are born again can understand that even horrible experiences, sickness, suffering, death, and any other life experience will all work together for good in God’s perfect plan—when they are walking with God.

This doesn’t mean all life events will be pleasant.

We won’t be smiley all the time.

There is a greater good—and we can depend on it.

May we ask God why? Yes, I think so.

Will we always get a concrete answer? No, not always. (I still am not sure about my friend’s early death, for example. Why? I don’t have an answer, but I can trust God.) We can know that everything will work together for good, somehow, some way. We may not understand the details ourselves, but it’s still true.

Whatever you want to ask why about, remember that God has a way of making good come out of seemingly awful circumstances.

May the Lord bless you.

2 Replies to “Why do we struggle with why?”

  1. Great post, Lou Ann. I often told people in my counseling office, “Don’t ask WHY. Sometimes there just isn’t a satisfactory answer. Instead, ask WHAT. What does God want me to learn from this? What does He want me to do? How can I grow, how can I bless others?”

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