Sometimes in life we are brought face to face with a situation that is
just too hard to bear. When that happens we may find ourselves asking,
How could this have happened? More precisely,
How could this
happen to me...or the one I love? Depending on the situation, loss
of job, relationship, health...we may find ourselves addressing the
question to God. Who among us has not been tempted to question or
even accuse God at such times?
We all know someone who did just that. The man's name was Job.
For much of the 42 chapters of the Old Testament book bearing his
name, we hear Job's question and challenge God. Finally, after much
patient listening God responded.
Then the LORD answered Job out
of the storm. 'Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without
knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall
answer me. 'Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me
if you understand.' God's response to Job puts things into perspective.
Not Job, not even Adam was around when God created the world.
Therefore, God asks, 'Upon what grounds, right, authority do you
question and challenge my ways?
When things don't go the way you want, questioning and blaming God is not the answer. Fact is, we often get caught up in our own little world; we seek to make life comfy and cozy. All the wants and desires of the heart, even though they offer no lasting benefit, we make them the main thing. When that happens, when we make material things the 'main' thing, those things distract us from hearing and following God's will. Here's the situation: We live in a sin-filled world, we are surrounded by sinful people, and we are sometimes even betrayed by our own sinful nature. Probably only a matter of time before the storm breaks and you find yourself face to face with a 'situation'. In that moment, 'Brace yourself'...it's not time to question or blame, rather repent and trust.
Repentance and Faith, this puts things in perspective. Especially things that come our way because of this sin-broken world. But it needs to be said, it's ok to question God and ask 'why'. It's ok to question God, as long as you do so standing next to the cross. Stand next to the cross in the same moment, asking God, 'Dear Lord, why did you do that to your only Son...for me? And there it is, faith puts everything in perspective.
I have told you these things so that in me
you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16.33
And we have God's word to the Galatians,
Do not be
deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows,
that will he also reap. In the midst of dark, difficult
events that come our way in life, faith must kick in!
Faith is not expressed with the question 'why' rather
faith (trusting God) asks 'what'? What dear Lord are
you going to do about this.
What can be said to someone facing a loss? Keep it
simple. 'I don't know why all this has happened to
you. But I know that God is still with you. And I will
be with you too. Now let's pray and wait to see what
God will do.' Long ago the Apostle Paul wrote to the
Christians in Rome facing rising persecution:
is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare
His Own Son but gave Him up for us all; how will He
not also, along with Him graciously give us all things?
(!) In response to
all that we respond, Glory be to the
Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! Amen.
~ Pastor Kelly Mitteis
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