The Most Often Asked Question: Why? (2 of 2)

by Jerry D. Locke

Editor's note: Pastor Locke supplies seven more partial answers to the well-nigh universal question: "Why, God?"-answers not to fully satisfy but to point the inquirer to the path of faith.

4. Your world is not the only world.
Each of us is our world. Usually, everything revolves around us. Years ago it was, "Me and Sue and our kids two. Us four and no more." Now it is, "Add a spouse for each, three grandkids to boot. Now it's us nine and we are fine."

When we are forced to live outside our very little world we encounter all kinds of evil and adverse things that leave us with many unanswered "whys."

5. God wants us to trust Him-when nothing else makes sense.
We are like the man whose son was possessed by evil spirits and needed spiritual healing. Jesus asked the man if he believed. The man humbly said, "Lord, I believe. Help thou my unbelief"(Mark 9:24). Never has my heart of unbelief been more exposed than in those times when nothing made sense. When I have been alone in God's waiting room, He simply whispers, "Trust me." Nothing else makes sense.

6. We don't live by explanations-but by the promises of God.
We want to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit. Human perception is highly flawed. Our intelligence is limited. Our emotions are not to be trusted.

7. We are often at our best for God when life is not at its best.
When they first invented golf balls, they made the covers smooth. Then it was discovered that after a ball had been roughed up in play, a golfer could get more distance out of it. So they started manufacturing them with dimples, as we see them today.

It is the same way in life: often it takes the rough spots of your life to make you go your farthest. Someone said Christians are like teabags: they're not much good until they are in hot water. And I have found that God is more interested in developing my character than He is in securing my comfort.

8. We all live to die, at one time or another, ready or not.
Except for Enoch and Elijah in the Old Testament, and Christians who are alive when Jesus returns, every single human being will experience death. It is universal.

9. When we arrive in heaven God may or may not answer our questions. He is under no obligation to explain anything, anytime, to anyone.

But I wonder if, when we get to heaven, all of our "whys" will not be apparent to us or else unimportant in that moment. God may choose to tell us some of the "whys." Ephesians 2:7informs us, "that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus."

10. Whatever we have gone through down here will not compare to what is in store for us up there!
"But as it is written, Eye hath not see, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Cor. 2:9). "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning" (John 16:20).

If you are not a believer, every bright morning will be concluded by an eternal dark night. But if you are a believer, every dark night will be concluded by an eternal bright day. If you are not a believer your best is in this life. For the believer, our best is in the next life. If you are a believer, weeping is over at the end of this life. But if you are not a believer, your weeping will go on for eternity.

Maybe the best way to prove to your friends and neighbors that God is real and that you have a serious relationship with the Lord is to show them how you respond when darkness comes to your life.

Vance Havner said it best: "I do not need to ask my God, why?' because all my whys' were taken care of in the only recorded time Jesus ever asked Why?' He asked it that I may never need to ask it. He was forsaken that I may never be forsaken; forsaken for one moment that I may never be forsaken any moment! All question marks will be straightened into exclamation points, sorrow will change to singing, and pain will be lost in praise."

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