Do you ever ask God why? We all have moments when we would like answers, but Fiona explains that this is where trust comes in.
“He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:40)
That’s not a question I usually ask or dwell on, but today I found myself wondering–
Why I never married?
Why I never got to have children?
Why I don’t have many friends?
And I guess that leads to another question: What’s wrong with me?
Those questions seemed to be just part of the things I’ve had to accept about life as I’ve learned to live with pain and the limitations that brings to my life.
I remember people asking at times, did I blame God for what happened in the accidents? I don’t think I ever did, because I’ve always believed God had a plan for my life and if that included pain and those accidents–that He could have prevented–He had a reason for it. And I trusted Him in that.
So why these questions now? Why do I feel the need to ask God why? Aren’t those things that often leave me feeling very alone for human company, also part of God’s plan for my life? Is it so hard to trust God in that too?
I guess I’m not sure I know the answers to many of those questions and maybe I never will. But there is one thing I do know and that is that God loves me and has a plan for my life.
God doesn’t think there’s something wrong with me. There may be things He’d like me to change, but He loves me anyway and when I feel alone, He is always there.
I know I don’t have to have all the answers, if I’m trusting each day to God and His plan, but there are still times when I’d just like to understand.
It has been said, there are 502 references to “why” in the NIV Bible. Some are questions of God or Jesus, many questions Jesus asked His disciples, like the verse above when they were in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. I think that means God doesn’t mind us asking the why questions, but He wants to assure us that He has an answer to all of them–and we just need to keep trusting in that.
Prayer: Father, Thank You that You love me even when I’m asking why things have to be this way. Help me to trust my faith in You, no matter what each day brings. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
Do you ever ask God why? When have you needed an answer to a “why” question? Does your faith help you trust in God when you don’t feel you have an answer to your question?
We all have times when we ask God why. When you ask God why you are not lacking faith, but seeking understanding and wisdom. But there is also a time to trust. This is a beautiful song by Mandisa “He is With You,” that reminds us there is a time for it all.