Why, Lord?

King David asked, “Why do you stand afar off, Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1)

Moses inquired, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight?” (Numbers 11:11)

Habakkuk questioned, “Why do You show me iniquity and cause me to see trouble?” (Habakkuk 1:3)

Job entreated God to answer: “What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as your target…?” (Job 7:20)

It is not inherently wrong to ask God questions: Even Jesus Himself asked, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mt. 27:46); and, we know that Jesus never sinned (1 Peter 2:22). I have found that I often want God to explain, when it would be more helpful for me to focus on how He will sustain me through my situation. I confess that at times—when I have diligently prayed through a long season of trial—the Lord has seemed silent to me, or His apparent answer was not what I had desperately wanted. It is during these kinds of trials I could chose to put up a fight to get my way, or run away and withdraw; or, I could wholeheartedly seek divine help to face the situation God’s way. The last option is almost never the easy path during my greatest trials; it takes effort and trust to resist the temptation to focus primarily on the things I want and believe I need.

The next post will explore ways to seek help and walk in peace when the answers to our “why questions” are beyond our understanding.