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Friday, October 25, 2013

The “Why God?” Questions

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Ever find yourself asking the questions “Why God?” "Why is this happening?"

I am sure that most of us have at one time or another. When hurt or disappointment is present and questions that you can't get answers to come, beware! Why? Because the "whys” have the potential to confuse and undermine your faith. I’m not saying that asking God about things you don’t understand is bad. No, to the contrary, that is a good thing to do.
Sometimes when we ask God questions, we are inadvertently asking them out loud to the world or to people who don’t know God. The answers they try to come up with will be confusing, random based on speculation, and most often, an undermining force to your faith in God. You can’t force or simply figure out answers to questions that only God knows the answers to.

Some time ago we prayed for a couple who were pregnant with child that had received an evil report. We prayed with them and stood in faith with them. When the child was born, everything was wonderful. It was declared by the doctor as a miracle. Another time later, we were asked to pray for another couple that like wise had received an evil report. We also stood in faith with them. When their child was born, it lived for less than an hour. It was a painful and sad experience. The good experiences cause us to rejoice. The hard experiences lead to the “why” questions. They work to discourage our faith.

David himself went through troubled times as King Saul was chasing him to kill him. David was told he would become the King of Israel by Samuel the Prophet. Instead he is being hunted like a criminal. How could this all make sense? The "whys" led David to cry out, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?"  (Psalms 22:1 (NLT)) Deep down David knew that God was with him. He had seen God deliver him time and time again. But even David had his moments of discouragement that led to asking "Why?"
If you've heard ridiculous answers to God questions, you know that they never settle well within you. They almost have the ability to make you mad because they make God look insane or evil - like He doesn't know what He is doing. I’ve heard way too many over the years. I remember a pastor once explaining at a funeral that this young lawyer who died, did so because “God took him home because He needed another lawyer in Heaven.” I knew that this ridiculous answer even made the family mad and spiritually confused others.

If I make unreasonable demands for answers God is not ready to give me, I'll end up over analyzing and intellectualizing everything and creating false answers that will confuse me and lead me away from God. When asking God questions, its important to do so with a child-like faith. What do I mean by that? What provokes a "Why God" question often comes at a time of pain or confusion. A loving Father would comfort a child with the explanation they were able to understand. That might be a partial answer if the child couldn't grasp the full answer at their level of maturity. But he would eventually give that child the answers they need as they became able to comprehend them. You may be an adult but your spiritual maturity might not be able to grasp the answers God would give you because He speaks and teaches us through His Word.

So, as you ask "Why?" you need to read His Word asking the Lord to show you the answers you seek. You need to accept His timing in giving you the answers you seek. They might not immediately come. Only He can give you the answers to those difficult questions that could otherwise be confusing to your faith and understanding of Him. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the ways and heart of God. So, the thing to do when those questions arise is ask the Lord, then tell the Lord you will patiently await the answer. Some answers will come quickly, and some over time. Either way, the Lord is faithful to answer your questions through His Word.
In this way, your faith will be intact and you will receive true revelation and insight from the heart of God that will help you understand while making your faith stronger!

Psalms 20:6 (NIV) "Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; He answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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