Psalm 59:16-17 “But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.”
There is a distinct difference between the little boy who continually asks, “Why?” and the genuine asking of a soul seeking answers.
One thinks it fun to antagonize their parents with questions getting pleasure only in the engagement.
The other seeks to gain wisdom, understanding, or know more about someone or something.
My daily devotions took me through Psalms 57-59 today. In them, David speaks of God’s vengeance, His wrath, and His judgment. When we read of it, we wonder, “Where was God in my time of trouble?”
Why didn’t God execute the perfect judgment against those who’ve wronged me?
Why didn’t God protect me from the hurtful abuse; the pain, and the heartache?
Often, we cannot find a definitive answer that would satisfy. But, I must truly ask:
“If I served a God that I could figure out, how big would my God be?”
His Word tell me:
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Our inquisitive nature takes us to places that faith needs to bridge.
David speaks of God’s power, mercy, defense, refuge, and strength.
When I know the character of the One I am asked to trust, it seems right to trust Him. But when there are things I don’t know; things I cannot see; the deep. dark unknown; I must allow my faith to bridge that gap.
That very word “Why” can bring me to a crossroads.
Faith allows me to trust what I may not know in light of what I do. I have heard an axiom:
“Never undo in doubt what was decided in faith.”
I can think negatively about God and be sure, Satan will be right alongside me to readily agree. It is the nature of our enemy to cast doubt and shed a bad light on God.
Asking why and allowing the Word of God to teach me; asking why and involving God to come through with what He promised, and asking why and being still enough to hear is key to obtaining the wisdom needed for the answer.
Faith is interactive. It is alive and vibrant in the words I speak, the steps I take, the company I keep, and what I allow to influence me. If I do nothing and say I have faith, my faith is dead.
James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Why do you serve God?
Why do you go to church three times a week?
Why do you read your Bible every day?
Why do you pray?
Many who would ask those questions, hold God in the negative and are subtly looking for like-minded people. Having good and right answers shows that we have thought about and meditated upon the very question and come to grips with our own place where faith has bridged that gap.
I will never have all the answers to the “Why”s of my life – but that should not halt my desire to seek the answer and search out more about my God.
I have no fear for what I might find – God has come through time and time again to show Himself faithful.
Drive deep the stake of what you do know about God, but bolster your faith by never fearing to ask ‘Why’ about what you don’t!