Everybody has suffered, some more than others. And one of the things we always do when we are facing hardships is, “Why, God? Why?” It’s not easy to understand why God does some things. So, we shouldn’t try to understand. Since doing so is not easy, in this post I’m going to discuss this topic. And remember, my friend, you are not alone.
Let’s take Job’s story as an example. If you’ve read this book, you know that Job lost everything all of a sudden. Everything, except for his life…. and his wife.
God gave Satan permission to test Job, this is what He said:
“All right, you may test him”. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” Job 1:12
This permission came after God told Satan that Job was the finest man in all the earth. “He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” So Satan replied:
“Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
So God wanted to show Satan that Job’s integrity and fear didn’t depend on the material blessings he had. He wanted to show Satan that he knew his son Job and that Job wouldn’t curse his Father, no matter how much he suffered.
As you may have noticed, the bold part of the paragraph above shows us one of Satan’s purpose for all of us. He wants us to curse God. He wants us to fight with God and break our relationship apart.
So, what do you do when you lose something or someone that is very valuable to you? We all know that we can buy things again if we lose them. No matter how expensive, with discipline, we will have them again. But, what about life… ours and others?
Will losing someone make us curse God? What do you think would happen?
If we continue reading Job’s story, we will read something of great value. Verse 22: “In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”
Another version says: “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
When we curse God, we are blaming Him for our problems and difficult situations. When we do that, we not only sin but we also blemish our relationship with God.
We must remember that, even though God did not send all these terrible things to Job, He allowed them. And even though Job didn’t curse God, he did take away some of his virtue because he didn’t understand WHY all of that was happening to him.
After all, he was ” blameless—a man of complete integrity” before God…. so, why?
So Job complains:
“I was living quietly until He shattered me.
He took me by the neck and broke me in pieces.
Then He set me up as his target” Job 16:12
Job showed his anger towards God and let Him know how discontented he was.
So, was Job’s love and fear for God conditional or unwavering and unconditional?
How is your love and fear for God? Do you hold something against Him? Do you resent Him because something deeply hurt you?
We often think that blaming God helps us justify ourselves, our situation and our pain.
Job’s complaint continued and he questioned God. He doubted what God himself had said about him.
“Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right?” Job 40:8
We see that Job forgot (as we often do) that EVERYTHING belongs to the Lord, our God. Every single thing.
He can do whatever He wants because He is God. Perhaps, if we knew Him better we would live more coherently. He doesn’t want bad things for us. That’s why we must surrender completely to Him and trust Him.
As the story continues, the Lord challenges Job. Finally, Job repented and recognized that he had sinned.
Job 42: 1-6 says:
Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do anything,
and no one can stop you.
You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’
It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,
things far too wonderful for me.
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!
I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.’
I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said,
and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”
We must be careful when we talk about God. We must not talk about Him lightly or worse, say things that don’t show His light in us, His power in us. Don’t be fooled because you will regret it.
Maybe we are too comfortable with what we have and who we are. But God wants more from us. He always does.
So, I would like you to ask yourself: Do I love God unconditionally? What would happen if I lost ________ (person/thing)? Am I keeping my eyes on my Savior?
After you list the answers to these questions, reflect on them and then write down, next to each answer, “how could I do this better? How could I improve my relationship with God? What would help me keep my eyes on my Savior even during hardship?
Finally, remember this:
I hope this post has helped you to find peace when you only want to ask God “Why?”
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.