Are you suffering today?
You’re not alone.
We all are in big and small ways.
The pain often drives us to ask God, “Why?”
Mercifully, I’ve never seen God upset at that question in the Scriptures.
Listen to His own Son…
At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
However, I have seen God upset at certain primary motivations behind the question.
Listen to His response to Job’s lengthy why…
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
“Who is this that questions my wisdom
with such ignorant words?
Brace yourself like a man,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
God never said that Job’s questioning was wrong.
In fact, God said Job had spoken correctly.
Even so, it’s obvious that God was confronting Job about something.
To explain, turn to The Princess Bride.
“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
—The Dread Pirate Roberts
Of course, life’s not only pain, but the hyperbole is amazingly clear.
Life is a mixture of pain and pleasure, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
To expect or demand only pleasure produces the pain of disappointment, disillusionment, and confusion.
And those three ingredients can create a powerful elixir—resentment.
Resentment fuels most our exasperated moments when we ask “Why?!”.
Problem is, we are never satisfied with any answer to our questions when they are primarily motivated by resentment.
Expecting and accepting hardship (I’m not talking about pessimistic doubt.) introduces healthier motivations to the question why…
Sadness. Grief. Fear. Wonder.
Are you asking “Why?” to say that God or someone has done wickedly?
Are you asking the question to avoid looking at your shadow, your part in the mess?
Or are you asking to learn, accept the loss, admit your fear, and express your limits?
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