The question comes up about the question why. Why? Because we humans are inquisitive and hungry for information. We’re like gluttons when it comes to information now. Seems we can’t get enough and frankly, so many of us feel entitled to any information and as much information as we want, when we want. And why not? Information is knowledge and knowledge is power and power gives us advantage over lesser naves in our midst. It builds our pride when we’re successful and makes us feel good about ourselves (even at the expense of others). Besides, via internet, so much information is at our finger tips, we’ve grown to expect our demand for information be met without question or hesitation.
This blog is about the question why. Ever stop to think how many times we ask this question with the expectation the answer will come immediately from the queried source? No, me either. But I’ve been thinking about it some lately.
What got me thinking about this was a conversation I had with a colleague at work. We were talking about the difficult times in life when it seems either continuous obstacles block your goal or persistent failure keep you from achieving your desired goal and out of frustration, you really want to ask the question;” why?” The problem in asking this question is “who” are we asking it too? And why won’t “they” just tell us the answer so we can go on our way enlightened. Well the only “who” is God himself and he generally is not into answering the question why. (He’s not? I wonder why?)
In my colleague’s situation, they had to pass a difficult teachers exam and failed it more than three times. Each test cost over $150.00 and failing the test was more than a financial hurdle, their very job was in jeopardy. They couldn’t teach without passing this test. Even if they didn’t ask the question, the thought was prevalent in their thinking. “What’s going on here… I’ve never failed any test in this subject, it was my minor in college.”
So they took another test, this time in “Special Education” and passed right away; first time. This was good news in that at least they could keep their job, and it turns out, there was a special education teacher retiring soon, so a slot was available. After a year with “special students”, my friend went back to take the first exam again. These exams are timed and you have 3 hours to complete the exam with one hundred questions. Well, they got almost to the end of the exam and had 4 questions to answer with only 30 seconds of the allotted time left. Quickly with a hail Mary prayer from anxious lips, they looked at the questions and quickly picked what they thought could be the right answer.
As they waited in anxious tears for the results, the proctor called them in to tell them they had passed…by four questions! Now, what is going on here? This was their comments: “God for some reason wanted me to be with those special needs kids”. “I grew to love each of them and watched them grow into part of my extended family”. “That time with those kids enriched my life and theirs more than I would ever have imagined”. “I was a better teacher for it and a better human being, and God used the whole experience to grow my faith, to bring Glory to himself and to enrich his kingdom”
Maybe you’ve experienced similar events in your life and you wanted to shout out “WHY?” to God. Do we stop to realize God is in control of everything; including the nitty gritty details of our lives? Now, think about this for a moment. Is it necessary that every tid bit of information be given in order for the mission in our life to go forward and be successful? Maybe this is where the faith muscle is exercised and developed. If God is the one orchestrating the mission (of our lives) he will always provide all the information needed, when it’s needed. If you want more, you’re going to have to wait in the Lord and walk by faith that God is in control and he has reasons and purpose for your situation and the timed release or unreleased information. In the military we used the term; “on a need to know basis”. If it was your job to turn a wrench on a tank or aircraft, you really didn’t need to know where it was going and what it was going to do. Just turn the proverbial wrench and be happy.
Sometimes, it’s not for us to know the details or the “why” in a given situation. In those times, simply trust that “his ways are higher than ours” and “Father knows best”. Perhaps it will be revealed in Glory, perhaps not. Determine what actions you’ll take in absence of the information you want. Did he tell you to do something? Just DO IT! Did he ask you to say or tell someone something? Just DO IT! Consider obedience. Consider our lives are not our own, we’ve been brought with a price and there’s a new owner of our time, our efforts, our lives. Galatians 2:20(ESV) states: “ I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” There is a place where I end and the new owner takes over.
Here’s another thought. What if you’ve had no instruction, no information, no revelation from God concerning what he is doing on, in around or with your life? Does God have to ask you for permission if he chooses to do something good in your life? I ask that knowing your life may be hurting, look like a living hell, falling apart at the seams, or failing at every attempt. Remember the word says…” all” And we know for those who love God ALL things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV). Job did not have the opportunity to voice his opinion in the conversation between God and Satan. It was God who brought up Job as a topic and said:” have you considered my servant Job?” God never asked Job if he minded Satan “jacking” with his life. No, God trusted Job. Job never had a say in the dialog; yet God had great faith in Job and trusted him to choose well in the battle. Did Job ever ask why? I’m sure he must have wondered. He had so called “friends” telling him why he was going through, even the woman who supposedly loved him gave him ungodly council to “curse God and die”.
We don’t have to receive ungodly council either, but it’s good to recognize it for what it’s worth and go on down the road trusting Jesus is in control of every event in your life and in the lives of those who know and trust him for salvation.
Here’s a closing thought. If you’re really being tried and tested and going through a difficult time in your life, hold on. Find yourself “tied” to Christ. Cling to him, talk it over with him, tell him all about your problems and challenges. Know he hears, he is listening to every word. He knows every thought and is deeply concerned about you. He came to make a way for you to be in right standing with God. He is waiting for us to come to him. When we do, we will learn we don’t need to know the why as much as we think we do. When we know him we can trust him. Why? Why not?