Today the question that is on my mind is: Why does God allow things to happen that don’t seem to make sense?
I think of the young woman my wife spent the day with who suffered a serious brain injury in a car accident. Why was she injured when all of the other passengers had no permanent injuries???
I think of my daughter Kala who came down with Type 1 Diabetes and now has to spend the rest of her life taking insulin and monitoring her blood sugar every day. Why does she have to watch what she eats when others can eat whatever they want with no impact to their life?
I think of my friend Paul who died of a heart attack 10 years ago at 44 and left behind a wife and three great kids. Why did God take him home so early???
I think of a friend who came down with cancer that almost took his life and has left him disabled and unable to work. Why did he have to suffer and be impacted so much???
The list of things that happen to good people who are Christ followers and who have made wise decisions with their life can go on and on. And for me being an analytical person the pursuit of wanting to know and understand the reason why can be overwhelming. I like to have answers. I like to know why a decision was made or someone got sick, but God doesn’t always give us the answer to our questions. Some times the answer is “just because”….
But that doesn’t seem fair or just! I want explanations that will never come…which brings me to my lesson. God does not owe me an answer, He just says “Trust Me”. God says don’t worry about tomorrow, but rather make today count. God does not say think about yourself first, but rather Love Others!
The question why is hard for me. When I wrestle with the question why, it keeps me from accepting who I am and who God has made me to be. When I look for answers instead of accepting my circumstances it allows me to think about myself first and not others and when I do that Satan wins the battle for my heart. It is hard to love others and care for their needs when I am caught in my own world of questions, doubts and sometimes anger.
Is it wrong to ask the question why? Absolutely not, it is more a question of how you choose to respond when you don’t get the answer you want, or you get no answer at all.