WHY? Need I say that this one three letter word is probably one of the most used words in the world? We ask it to our kids, our spouses, personal and environmental crises, and in relation to events that happen anywhere and on and on it goes. It reveals our frustrations, our perplexities, our sorrows, and so many other emotions. Every language has its own version of it.
Sometimes we find out the answer to that one word comment. Most of the time, we probably do not. But it is not something exclusive to our world today. Throughout the Bible we see the question asked again and again. I have spoken of it many times over the years, particularly at tragic funerals. I have asked it many times in my own life. Certainly, in the Book of Job, the oldest book in the Bible, Job asked that question many times of God. God was not obligated to answer it. Sometimes he does, sometimes He does not.
In the Bible, Moses asked God why he had been chosen to lead such an unruly people. Exodus 5:22. Joshua wondered why so many dangers and enemies awaited the Hebrews as he led them on their perilous journey. Joshua 7:7 In Judges 16:13, Gideon wondered why all the calamities had befallen his people and in Nehemiah 13:11, he asked why the house of God was forsaken. In the Book of Psalms, David asked why many times of God. In Isaiah 63:17, Isaiah asked why God had allowed Israel to stray. I could go on and on. Even in the crucifixion of Jesus, we see the Lord ask, “why” yet that question in that circumstance was indicative of God’s plan of redemption which Jesus was a part of.
Over and over in the Bible the one word humanity question can be seen. We can even see the great question all people have ever had, “why is suffering allowed and why does evil exist?”
Yes, why is the biggest three letter word in the world. Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, said it well, “If we do not figure out how to process the whys of life, we will end up cynical, resulting in a catastrophic loss of faith. If we do not answer correctly, we will grow bitter, resulting in a darkened personality. In Christ are hidden all the mysteries of wisdom and knowledge. We believe He has the capacity of working all things for the good of those who love Him. We know all things work together for good and the ultimate purposes of His counsel. We consider all is right that seems most wrong if it be His sweet will.”
Most of us would say that she is right but still the challenge is there. Paul said in so well in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called for His purpose.”
In other words, we believe that though we may never know the answer to whys of life, we believe that in His infinite love for us, all that matters is that He knows and that He is filtering everything for our good. We know that He is sovereign and that there are no accidents and no coincidences. We believe that, like the Bible says and the old Gospel song, not a sparrow falls without His seeing it. Not a problem happens without His knowing it.
Even if He would answer all of our whys, like small children being told by our parents when growing up we still did not see it, neither might we if God explained it to us. We need to not so much understand as to trust His love for us. If we can do that then the sunshine breaks through the clouds and like another old Gospel song, “We will understand it better by and by.” I guess what I am saying is that the why is not as important as the WHO. And the WHO is the Lord who loves us if we know Him as our Lord and Savior. We are never alone to face the WHYS. He is there all the time. And in the end, that is ENOUGH. Until next time, peace and grace.
P.S. Hope you can attend the Welcome Home Soldier Benefit and Auction at the Legion this weekend.
Also appreciate your prayers for my dad who is in the Monroe Care Center for some rehab. He will be 101 on November 6. He would love to have some cards. Blessings.