WHY? For Understanding

We should never be afraid to ask the Lord the “WHY?” question.  We, most likely, won’t get an answer, but there is nothing wrong with asking.

Job was a man that went though unimaginable trials in his life.  He asked God why he was ever born, or why he didn’t die from the womb.  He was overcome with grief and wondered why the Lord would allow him to live if he was to suffer such pain.  Yet, the Bible tells us that he never sinned with his lips, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

There is a big difference between asking the Lord for understanding and accusing God of wrong doing.  I was speaking with a Pastor recently that had lost a son to cancer at eight years old, and he mentioned that the Bible tells us that if we lack wisdom, to ask of God.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

The Lord is not in heaven shaking His head at our questions.  If we want to know why we are in a certain situation, asking doesn’t hurt the Lord’s feelings.  He will not upbraid us or chide us as if we had done something wrong.  He is a loving Father and wants to comfort us as we navigate our trials.  We need to be careful that we not to allow our “WHY?” questions to become accusations against God, that will only bring bitterness into our hearts.  Our lack of understanding should bring us to a place of more dependence upon the Lord.

When the trials come, don’t be afraid of the “WHY?” question, cry out to the Lord for an understanding and trusting heart.  We’ll understand it better by and by.

John 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.