The joke around my house is that I came out of the womb asking ‘Why?’ My ‘whys’ got a point that my dad would have to say, “It is not a question day.” (Smile) My older siblings would challenge me to the quiet game. Poor mom, she was at my mercy …
I am still that way today, and being single, most of the time it is God or my own self that I am asking those questions too. Why is my hearing still muffled? Why didn’t he call me? Why am I hurting here?
What did they lose their house?
As a Christian, there are a lot of questions I have asked God specifically about and for things, and a lot of the time nothing has happened. No answers came audibly. God likes to surprise us with His plans. Imagine if He didn’t!
You’d be like, whoa God, what is up? Our questions to God – the whys – are because we think we are going to get some kind of answer – when many times, He won’t do that.
For the past six weeks, I have been a part of an online Bible study with Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King’s ‘Experiencing God’ as our guide. Each daily lesson has had some sort of impact, and our group meetings via Zoom have been very expressive.
Today’s lesson, though, Unit 6 Day 3, was my heart grabber – for personal reasons, but also because of what is going on in our little community, in the United States and the world today. The session title is ‘The Truth of your Circumstance.’
‘You cannot know the truth of your circumstance until you have heard from God.’ Wait, there is more. So, “Don’t evaluate your situation until you have heard from God.”
There is so much going on right now. The coronavirus has reared it is ugly head once more attacking with fierceness as people are letting their guards down and trying to go back to doing things the way they did before the virus. Racism isn’t new. The fight for equal rights isn’t new. What factors in now more than ever is the brutal animosity between the races than there ever was before. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery shouldn’t have died the way they did – they were murdered.
It is no wonder we are asking why. And God understands that.
‘When you face confusing circumstances – look at what we are in now – don’t blame God. Don’t give up. Ask Him to show you His perspective. Then wait on the Lord.’
In her book, ‘When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, and Truths You Can’t Live Without,’ Laura Story shares the story of how her husband’s brain tumor – well, it was not fixed. The story of their lives changed drastically, and through it, Laura had to accept that God was going to rewrite her story – their story. One of the chapters is titled, ‘Why? The Question on Replay.’
A quote from her grabbed my attention. “God doesn’t promise our stories will make sense in and of themselves.”
She went to say, “Contentment doesn’t being with understanding why. Contentment begins by asking how God might use me, use our circumstances, for His glory.”
Just think about it. Be safe out there. Mask up. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. It is the only way. Adjust your thinking and ways of living to this for now – needs before wants.
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