Read Job 24
Focus on verse 1
One of the most annoying yet essential questions known to man is the question why. In the verbal arsenal of a curious four year old it can become an invaluable portal to knowledge of all kinds of things. When a child first learns the power of this word it can also drive a parent to the edge of insanity attempting to answer why the sky is blue, and why the grass is green, or why we don’t eat candy for breakfast, or why Stinky the gold fish is swimming upside down. By answering the why questions we learn about our world, but what do we do when we can’t find the answer? What do we do as adults with the why questions that have no clear answers?
Why does God sometimes allow things that seem horribly unjust to happen? Why did Job – a man who God declared was one of the most righteous men to walk the earth – lose all this children, all his wealth, all his possessions and suffer with a wasting disease? If you don’t understand why God would let that happen you are in good company. Job didn’t understand it either. Job also didn’t hesitate to ask the question.
Life is filled with circumstances we don’t always understand. Sometimes we have the good fortune to discover the answer to some of the why questions in time. Many times however, we find ourselves in a position where we must determine how to go on living without a definitive answer to our questions. This most often brings us to a crisis of faith. Can we find it within us to trust that God’s goodness is not compromised by our lack of understanding Him? For example: A child that desires to play on a busy street might see the parent that prevents him from doing so as a mean or angry parent. The child might wonder why the parent would not allow him to play in such an interesting and exciting place. To the child it might just seem like a great game to dodge between all those fast moving vehicles. Why would the parent be so mean and unloving as to restrain the child from fulfilling his hearts desire? To us that answer should be obvious, but to the child it might be confusing until he or she learns to trust the parent, understanding that the parent has the best interests of the child in mind at all times.
This is what Job eventually comes to understand about God, and this is what we do well to understand about God as well. God sees the whole picture – we do not. God sees the beginning and the end of history – we see a tiny glimpse. There are things I do not understand about how God works, but I understand that He is good and has my best interests in mind. I do not have to understand everything about Him to trust Him. I do not even have to agree with everything He does in order to obey Him. His love for me is absolutely consistent and perfect whether I choose to love Him in return or spit in His face. Regrettably I have done both. Amazingly his love and mercy is greater than my rebellion. I don’t understand WHY He loves me…but I can choose to believe that He does. His love wins! And that means we can win…if we choose to.