Why?

November 11, 2020

Read

Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So, are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Psalm 46:1-3, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Think

“Why?” is one of the earliest questions we learn in life. As soon as children can form sentences, they are asking adults, “Why?” We have a deep desire to know the why behind the what.

Do you ask God, “Why?” a lot? “Why did this bad thing happen? Why didn’t you give me what I prayed for? Why won’t you get me out of this or fix that?” Isaiah 55:9 reminds us that God is so much wiser. He sees more than we can; He knows the future and the past. Sometimes the worst thing God can do for us is give us exactly what we ask Him for! Because what we try and avoid, our “worst-case scenario” can often be God’s ideal for our lives — if we trust Him with the outcome!

God is less interested in giving an explanation and more interested in giving us actual help. And help always comes in another question: “Who?” God’s Word promises that He Himself is with us in times of trouble (Psalm 46). If we have a personal relationship with Jesus, we know that nothing can separate us from His love. So even though God may not give an explanation or keep us out of difficulties, we know He is with us, and His presence alone is what we need.

Act

What are the “why” questions you are asking God today? In every question, think about how your situation might be different if you focused on God’s promised presence. Rather than always asking, “Why?” begin to look at what you can learn from where you are.

Pray

Heavenly Father, help me to understand Your ways are greater than my own. Your understanding is beyond me. Let me trust that You are enough. Help me let go of my desire for an explanation. In the name of Jesus, Amen.